Subjective Histories of Sculpture: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

    SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents the artist-led lecture series Subjective Histories of Sculpture. This program, initiated in 2006, furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture: its history, legacies, and potential for innovation. This year, SculptureCenter invited two artists to consider the thematic focus of alignment, B. Wurtz and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook.

    Working with psychologically rich materials, and considering a wide range of subjects that have existed within marginal spaces, including women, the deceased, the insane, and animals, Rasdjarmrearnsook creates complex narratives that confront societal structures of power and pedagogy. Her talk will focus on her interests and research behind her video, photographic, and sculptural works.

    In early 2015 SculptureCenter will present Rasdjarmrearnsook's first museum survey in the U.S., organized by Ruba Katrib, SculptureCenter Curator.

    Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook was born in 1957 in Trad, Thailand. She received an MFA from Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand in 1986. In winter 2015, SculptureCenter will present Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook's first comprehensive, large-scale solo exhibition in the United States. Past solo shows include the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; and Tensta Konsthall, Tensta, Sweden. Group exhibitions have taken place at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Asia Society, New York; National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; the Musee de l'Objet, Blois, France; the Zentrum fur Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany; the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy; MDE11 (Encuentro Internacional de Medellin), Medellin, Colombia; the Changwon Asian Art Festival, Gyeongnam, South Korea; and the Singapore Art Museum. Araya represented Thailand at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and was a featured artist in dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; the California Pacific Triennial; the Dojima River Biennial, Osaka, Japan; the Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Sydney Biennale, Australia; the Nanjing Biennale, China; the International Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv, Israel; the Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia; the Incheon Women Artists Biennale, South Korea; the Taipei Biennial, Taiwan; the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; the Carnegie International, Pittsburg, PA; the Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; the Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa; and the Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland, Australia.