Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, a Thai contemporary artist brings a creative perspective to Sydney in her latest body of work.
Araya is widely regarded as one of the leading video artists in Southeast Asia. She is well known for her unique interpretations confronting death and socially dysfunctional behaviour.
The highly personalised exhibition, Storytellers of the Town, is on display at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts in Sydney’s CBD, where it will remain free to the public between 14 March and 10 May.
Araya’s artistic approach in the display has been described as “intimate, as well as socially aggravating and confronting,” in the exhibition catalogue commentary. Her work has been installed and experienced in numerous art presentations all around the globe, including two previous features in Sydney’s Bienalle, 1996 and 2010.
Aaron Seeto, director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts, spoke to The Newsroom about the relevance of Araya’s work to both Australian and Southeast Asian society.
“The work upstairs is with women in institutions and that’s specifically because [Araya] is interested in thinking critically about the ‘outsiders’ in social system and how we can learn from them.
“Yes they are people in exhibitions but it’s not an exploitive relationship. It’s actively trying to understand this human perspective,” said Seeto.
Find out more about Araya and the works of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts by visiting the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. – Report by Jessica Ankomah, photos by Naomi Winner