Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic 'Songs for Living', Part of: Red Light Green Light 2022.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg exhibition
Installation at Lapidarium of Kings National Gallery, Ministry of Castles and Palaces.
Curator Charlotte Sprogøe
Photo Jan Søndergaard
In Songs for Living the spiritual gods speak to us, through storytelling, as a song. The world is presented in its animate form. The equestrian room at the The Lapidarium of Kings is filled with the blue light of midnight, extending the atmosphere of Korakrit Arunanondchai’s and Alex Gvojic’s video work into the air of the space of the former stables. Ghosts and spirits appear in fluid form in Arunanondchai’s work that uses the spiritual narrative as a wedge to enter another state of being. The artist is occupied with the interstice between the world of the living and the world of the dead, in both his videos and performances. Death is a zone one can pass through, and the void, here in the form of the ocean, is a medium, creating ‘an oceanic feeling’, and a portal where the living can enter the realm of the ghosts.
Part of Kunsthal Charlottenborg's exhibition 'Copenhagen. Red Light Green Light. Desire, Intimacy & Tension (in the realm of the senses) that shown at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and moves on to locations in the city of Copenhagen. Six international contemporary artists Korean Geumhyung Jeong, Argentinian Cecilia Bengolea, Brittish Cally Spooner, Swedish Ylva Snöfrid, Thai Korakrit Arunanondchai in collaboration with American Alex Gvojic, and Polish Alex Baczyński-Jenkins have been invited by curator Charlotte Sprogøe to present installations, video and performances at six different locations in Copenhagen – portraying the mental state of the world we live in. The exhibition is formed as a living entity, taking shape at various locations throughout Copenhagen, opening at different hours of the day, and different days of the months. Continuously occurring in new variations.
The exhibition is generously supported by:
Augustinus Foundation, ECCA Family Foundation, Obel Family Foundation, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Foundation, The Ministry of Culture KUV, Knud Højgaard’s Foundation, The University of Copenhagen, Lemvigh-Müller Foundation, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat, Spar Nord Foundation, Public Art Agency Sweden, William Demant Foundation.
Video co-commissioned by Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
and Kunstverein in Hamburg with support from FACT, Liverpool. Courtesy of the artists, Bangkok Citycity
Gallery, Bangkok, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, C L E A R I N G
New York/Brussels, Kukje Gallery, South Korea.