Destination: Still Unknown
Pramuan Burusphat: A Retrospective
Co-curated by Zhuang Wubinand ManitSriwanichpoom
Venue: Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Thailand
21 Jan to 26 Feb 2017
Artist talk and opening
21 Jan 2017, 5.30pm onwards
PramuanBurusphat and Thai Contemporary Photography
11 Feb 2017, 2pm
Destination: Still Unknown is a retrospective exhibition dedicated to PramuanBurusphat (b. 1953, Bangkok), eminent artist, educator and advocate of photography (as art).
Since the late 70s, AjarnPramuan has displayed a rare commitment towards photography as his medium-of-choice in his artistic practice. A pioneer of conceptual photography in Thailand, his work also incorporates collage and drawing.
Pramuan’s usage of photography is different from the salon photographers and the photojournalists. He enjoys experimenting with different photographic processes and printing technologies, creating imageries informed by his personal experiences. Pramuansees photography as a way to connect and dialogue with the global community of artists and photographers. Since the 90s, Pramuan has also been thinking about the artist’s role in wastage and consumption (through the making of art), prompting him to shift his work in a new direction. In many ways, he is constantly ahead of the curve.
This retrospective aims to highlight some of the threads in his artistic practice. It is also an occasion to celebrate Pramuan’s impact on Thai contemporary art.
In Southeast Asia, photography’s place in the visual arts remains uncertain. For decades, AjarnPramuan found himself operating in an unsympathetic environment. Nevertheless, since the late 70s, he has participated in ten solo shows and over 70 group exhibitions across the world.
Graduating with a MFA in photography from the North Texas State University in 1979, Pramuan taught art history and printmaking at Srinakharinwirot University from 1980 to 1982. In 1982, he became a founding member of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University. From 1984 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1994, he headed the Department of Visual Arts at the faculty. In 1983, he pioneered the first BFA programme in photography in Thailand. Many of his students are now accomplished artists, photographers and educators. Since 1998, Pramuan has relocated to New Zealand.