Sutthirat Supaparinya is a Chiang Mai-based visual artist whose works encompass a wide variety of mediums such as installation, photography, video, sculpture and writing. Through her work she questions the interpretation of images, texts and sounds in the media, using simple everyday images to explore larger issues. Her recent projects focus on the impact of industrial activities on other humans and the landscape. Sutthirat seeks to cultivate a freedom of expression through her art practice.
She has participated in the founding and operation of CAC – Chiangmai Art Conversation since 2013. CAC partnered with the Japan Foundation Bangkok and Japan Foundation Asia Center Tokyo to establish Asia Culture Station (ACS) in Chiang Mai, which she has directed since August 2016. CAC aims to promote contemporary art in Chiang Mai while ACS activates Asian culture and its network. Sutthirat earned a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University and a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts from Hochschule Fuer Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. She received a 2005 Imaging Our Mekong fellowship via Rockefeller Foundation and a 2010 Asian Cultural Council fellowship at International Studio & Curatorial Program-ISCP in New York City. She was selected to participate in the International Creator Residency Program at the Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama in 2012, Foundation Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, NRW, Germany in 2013 and Wellington Asia Residency Exchange, New Zealand at the end of 2015.
Her works have appeared in group and solo exhibitions, including art centers, museums and galleries in Thailand as well as Australia, Cambodia, China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Myanmar, Romania, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand and the United States.
Her work has appeared in international art exhibitions such as the Yebisu International Festival for Arts and Alternative Visions (2012) , the Koganecho Bazaar, Japan(2011) and she was nominated for the Prudential Eye Awards 2016 shortlist in ‘Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video’, Singapore.
Museums and galleries that have featured Sutthirat’s work include Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan, Jim Thompson Art Center, Thailand, Queensland Art Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Australia, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, USA, Singapore Art Museum and ArtScience Museum, Singapore, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan and Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
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