The new solo exhibition by Thai photographer Atit Sornsongkram runs at HOP Photo Gallery from Oct. 1-Nov. 28.
Hub of Photography is pleased to present “Objects,” a solo exhibition by Atit Sornsongkram. The exhibition features images of peculiar objects the artist recorded when he studied in Germany between 2012 and 2013, along with newly taken images from his trip to the northeastern region of Thailand. The objects in the photographs arouse curiosity for their utility, or lack of one. Some of the objects seem out of place, while some seem like they have been there since the beginning of time—and some seem to have barely survived it.
Atit intentionally separates the object from the context of its locale, emphasising the lone objects without the perception of time or light direction. Similar to creating a sculpture, the artist meticulously crafts each image using digital photo-manipulation tools to cleanse the object of hints or clues of its whereabouts or its historical context. Atit forensically presents the images without prejudice or interpretations while gazing on the traditional style of Objective Photography, the artist does not adhere to the purpose of making a truthful record, but instead offers an otherworldly view on the existence of these objects.
In his previous exhibition, Atit worked with a clinical and highly controlled studio-based environment to achieve his ideal image. This exhibition is set to be the first to highlight his outdoor photography endeavours. All the images in the exhibition raise the question of whether the objects are found, created by the artist, or belong to an unknown civilisation.
About the artist
Atit Sornsongkram (B. 1981 in Bangkok, Thailand)
Sornsongkram works mainly with the medium of photography, capturing subjects both manually constructed and digitally edited. His form-reduced, abstract, monochrome, multi-sized photographs usually start by questioning and contemplating upon the medium of photography by playing with the perception of the audience through lighting, duplicating, and rearranging of the images. He defines his works as “a poem in another form.” Sornsongkram began his studies in Germany at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in 2008, in the class of Professor Hubert Kiecol, and graduated with the title of Master Student from the class of Professor Andreas Gursky in 2014.
He exhibited his first solo show Minded The Monsoon as part of Brand New 2016 art project at Ver Gallery, Bangkok (2016), and Passing a window, I glanced into it, also at Ver Gallery, Bangkok (2019). Sornsongkram’s works have been included in many international art exhibitions, among them the exhibition at Nova contemporary, Bangkok (2020), Chronicle at Projektraum Bethanien, Berlin (2019), Black & White from Dürer to Eliasson at Museum Kunstpalast (2018), MULTIPLE PLANES at BACC, Bangkok (2018), Strauss ist raus as part of Duesseldorf Photo Weekend (2017), Hidden Traces as part of Duesseldorf Photo Weekend (2016), SPAGAT at Gallery A3 Moscow(2014), EN EL CASTILLO at MIAC Castillo de San José, Lanzarote (2014), Klasse GURSKY STELLT AUS, and Hiyoshi Raiôsha Galerie Tokyo (2013).
About the curator
Kittima Chareeprasit (B. 1989 in Mahasarakham, Thailand)
Kittima received her MA in Curating and Collections from Chelsea College of Arts and is currently curator at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2016, she co-founded the Waiting You Curator Lab, focusing on curatorial approaches in contemporary art practices. Her interest lies mainly in contemporary art and culture that revolves around critical history, social and political issues. She has worked on numerous projects with both emerging and established artists in the realm of Southeast Asian Art and its cultural context.
Her recent curatorial work includes House Calls: Pinaree Sanpitak at 100 Tonson Foundation (2020) Breast Stupa Cookery: the world turns upside down at Nova Contemporary (2020), Our daddy always looks down on us at Cartel Art Space (2020), Temporal Topography: MAIIAM’s New Acquisitions; from 2010 to Present at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum (2019), In search of other times: reminiscence of things collected, at JWD Art Space Bangkok (2019), Occasionally Utility at Gallery VER, Bangkok (2017), The Thing That Takes Us Apart at Gallery Seescape, Chiang Mai (2017)
About Waiting You Curator Lab
Waiting You Curator Lab (WTU) is an experimental curatorial workshop and artists’ book-publishing house, based in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Founded in 2016 by Kittima Chareeprasit, Vipash Purichanont, together with Kasamaponn Saengsuratham, Time Chotivilaivanit, Taratchanan Pongpanich, and Setapa Prommolmard, WTU offers itself as a laboratory for experimentation on infrastructure of artistic practice such as exhibition, publication, and beyond. WTU aims to be an open platform where artistic invention can be made based on research, discussion, and participation. “Waiting You” spelling in broken English in Thai style, meaning that we are “waiting” to collaborate with “you.”
Selected work from Waiting You Curator Lab includes Metaphors: An Evening of Sound and Moving Image with Kick the Machine at Bangkok City City Gallery (2017), The revolutionary things at Cartel Art Space (2018), In search of other times: reminiscence of things collected at JWD Art Space (2019) and Our daddy always looks down on us at Cartel Art Space (2020)
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