Kinnaree vanity. suspended triptych mirror with inset LCD screen.
2006 | Lund Konsthall, Sweden
Exhibition of S. Boonnimitra's research on non-Western representations of homosexuality. Incorporating photographs, videos, curatorial projects and text, the installation was prefabricated in Bangkok and brought to Sweden as luggage. Fabric nets define three rooms without quite enclosing them. Boonnimitra's abstract wraps around the gallery, diverging from straight to label specific works. Linear and binary readings are frustrated, as visitors move in and out of rooms, reading texts and artworks, viewing pieces by Boonnimitra and the artists she has collected, constantly shifting orientation and subject. In other words, la-ka-pid la-ka-perd*. With Sopawan Boonnimitra and Chirathaka Chittiratanakorn.
*The title is a Thai word which means literally "sometimes open, sometimes closed", but has complex, less overtly binary connotations, and is sometimes used as a slang term for sexual minorities. Boonnimitra suggests that the Thai word may be a more productive term for the cultural spaces she explores, as opposed to the "Queer Space" rhetoric which has figured prominently in Western cultural criticism.
Lund Konstall's website, www.lundskonstall.se
Sopawan Boonnimitra's research, www.leavetoremain.com