Ink drawings from Supachai’s Sound of silence in Thailand (2019)
From 21 June to 21 July 2019, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) will be presenting Sound of silence in Thailand: drawings by Supachai Areerungruang, an exhibition featuring the artworks of Assistant Professor Supachai Areerungruang from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Srinakarinwirot University, Thailand. Southeast Asia continues to be the wellspring of inspiration in contemporary artmaking. In the regional fray, social, political, and cultural thoughts and ideas thread through the daily life and landscape of both the ordinary citizen, and the engaged artist of several generations.
With over 130 pieces of ink on paper drawings and paintings on display, including three works over six metres long suspended from the ceiling, Supachai intends to communicate social, political, and cultural issues through his artworks. Supachai’s art practice embodies creative expressions in diverse ways, especially of feelings that cannot be voiced.
“I’m feeling uncomfortable and would like to communicate with the outside world about Thailand’s current situation. As everyone may know, June 5th was the day the House of Representatives held a parliamentary vote for the Prime Minister of Thailand; anyway … the inheritance of power by the junta won the prime minister [the] chair. I just want to share my own feelings through art and media [by] simply using black ink, pencil, and crayon on plain paper to convey what is really from my heart; what I truly want to speak out, simply with hand-drawn lines, unembellished. I know people are not allowed to speak out their mind or express their own opinions on politics … [but] have to bury what they actually want to shout out loud deep down inside, so everyone can hear … [these are] the same feelings I’m feeling now.” said Supachai.
NAFA is proud to host renowned Thai artist, Supachai’s debut exhibition in Singapore. This exhibition runs as a prelude to NAFA’s much anticipated Southeast Asian Arts forum from 17-20 July 2019. Supachai will return to Singapore and join a gathering of Southeast Asian arts educators, practitioners, and cultural agents in this unique and specially created event.
Annex A - Artist biography
Annex B - Images of Artist’s Selected Works