Temporal Topography:
MAIIAM’s New Acquisitions;
from 2010 to Present

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum is one of Chiang Mai’s groundbreaking art institutions; and the museum’s collection is the driving force behind this success. The collection focus is on contemporary art of Thailand and the surrounding region; with an ongoing commitment to supporting living artists within an inter-generational scope. The first acquisition began in 1992, and since then the collection has continued to prosper, reflecting and responding to the now; whilst also passing the test of time. The exhibition responds to, and re-stages this collection scope.

Curator: Kittima Chareeprasit
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Albert Samreth, Anusorn Charoensuk, Charles Lim, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Lim Sokchanlina, Miti Ruangkritya, Niti Wattuya, Orawan Arunrak, Ruangsak Anuwatwimon, Soichiro Shimizu, Somluk Pantiboon, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Tiffany Chung, Torlarp Larpjaroensook, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Viriya Chotpanyavisut

Temporal topography takes form through the motif of the landscape, both conceptually and physically connecting a landscape, or ‘common ground’ shared between selected Southeast Asian artists working in the region, whilst also focusing on themes including geo-politics, socio-cultural landscapes, and artistic interpretation of topographical reality; Temporal Topography weaves and connects these layers. Works in the exhibition speak about territorialisation, urbanisation, conflicts and violence; also to state domination and resistance concerning specific historical events. These themes are explored alongside the interconnected relationship between place and identity; works exploring the nuances between the collective and individual.

In terms of how this is physically manifested and staged through works in the exhibition, we may see a shifting between diverse landscapes, whether they be natural scenery, urbanscape and materials scheme. In this show, artists find their ways to interpret visible reality into tangible visual currency ranging from painting, sculpture, moving images work, photography and installation. Engaging with different forms of material both in physical objects, materials and images of landscapes. For example, the use of a material such as colour paint from local soil, life-size brass-made sculpture in shape of the supermoon. As well as, the use of a dust-cloud motif, rising from new road construction in Phnom Penh, the heat of nuclear power in Tokyo, flooding in outskirts of Bangkok and family portraits with imagining landmarks. In these cases, the ideas of landscape and topography can also be extended to broader senses. Furthermore, they are no longer only responding to the geographical, but also here become biographical and personal in nature, drawing a connection with those who inhabited or who had a relationship with the space.

Visual perspective is used as a tool in this exhibition to give strong vantage points; and to produce the atmosphere of landscape on every scale. The physical space in the exhibition area creates the sense of an illusion which alludes to an actual landscape; beyond the works themselves; influencing the architecture of the space; and the audience viewer engagement. Have a glance at an artwork and get a sight at another, each pieces of art are visually accommodating and creates aesthetically pleasing experience which invite us to look closer; a mise-en-scene. Part of architectural foundation of the exhibition; are sculptures themselves, where the gigantic blue wall is seen metaphorically as a mountain, herited from the familiar scenery of Chiang Mai, where the vibrant city is a home of the collection. Temporal topography appears as a window for observation, offering different perspectives of contemporary art practice that presents the spirit of our time.

The exhibition on views from 30 March 2019 – 30 March 2020, at gallery 1, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum. There will be series of public events and academic programs along the year, such as the launch of the museum collection book, artist’s talk, screening program as well as panel discussion focusing on contemporary art in Southeast Asia and so on.


Past Exhibition

The Hunters

A ‘Pollination’ project

Featuring artists Maryanto (Yogyakarta) and Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (Bangkok)
Curated by ‘Pollination’ curators LIR (Yogyakarta) and Kittima Chareeprasit (Chiang Mai)
Organized by: The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City
Co-sponsored by SAM Art & Ecology Fund and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum
With thanks to this edition’s curatorial advisors: Agung Jennong and Vipash Puranichanayanont

Past Exhibition

The Timeless Present Moment Exhibition
by Kamin Lertchaiprasert

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum is proud to present a solo exhibition, Kamin Lertchaiprasert: Timeless Present Moment, a retrospective with selected artworks from two periods in the artist’s life. For the past thirty-six years, Lertchaiprasert has continued to create artworks as a means to find the value and meaning of life. Not only as a form of meditation, the artist also considers art as a process to discover human values within oneself and the absolute truth.