ShoutOUT! Video artist and filmmaker Chulayarnnon Siriphol's 5 years worth of newspaper cuttings on exhibition


Bangkok City Gallery has launched Give Us A Little More Time, an ongoing project since 2014, by a video artist and film director, Chulayarnnon Siriphol. He painstakingly put together 5 years' worth of  newspaper cuttings into an animation piece. This exhibition coincides with reopening of Bangkok City Gallery, and Give Us A Little More Time is Siriphol’s the second solo exhibition with the gallery. 

22 May 2014 marked the 13th Coup d’état of Thailand, when the military junta seized power and introduced the campaign called “Restoration of Happiness”. But this is actually seen as ‘political doublespeak’ to pro-democracy Thais. The junta augmented a delusion of ‘happiness’ by the use of parody in song and other forms of entertainment to subdue the resistant citizens who were, in fact, coerced into silence and even disappearance. 

One line of the absurd lyric lends the title of Siriphol’s project: Give Us A Little More Time. On the same day of the military coup, Siriphol started making a daily newspaper collage, and vowed to keep a routine until the national election was announced. He cuts out stories from Thai daily newspapers to demonstrate image-text composition styles imposed by the doctrine of the military; and with his unique sensibility, he examines the bureaucratic inertia and hypocrisy. For the artist, this collage-making is a response towards the heavily controlled newspaper deemed no longer reliable to the concerned Thai citizens. 

Give Us A Little More Time, an exhibition by Chulayarnnon Siriphol will be held at Bangkok City Gallery (Sathorn Soi 1 – near Lumphini MRT station – parking at 123 Parking) from June 21 to August 09, 2020. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 13:00–19:00 hrs. For visitor safety, the exhibition is limited attendance. Please contact info@bangkokcitycity.com or +6683 087 2725 to make an appointment to visit the exhibition in advance. 

Chulayarnnon Siriphol (b.1986, Bangkok) explores new possibilities of moving images, and traverses between the filmmaking and art-making. His work investigates memories, diverse forms of narratives, and realities. His works have been screened in film festivals and exhibitions in Asia and Europe, including in The 71st Cannes Film Festival, France (2018), The 26th Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore (2015), and The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan (2014). His recent solo exhibition includes From Earth to Heaven, Organhaus Art Space, China (2018), Museum of Kirati, Bangkok City Gallery, Thailand (2017), and Behind the Painting, Art Centre Silpakorn University, Thailand (2015).

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