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Sunday 31 July 2016
Artists Talk + Asian Lunch

12:00 - Exhibition: doors open, visit the exhibition
14:00 - Artist talks: Arin Rungjang (Thailand) and Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam) in conversation with Vivian Ziherl (Australia)
15:30 - Asian meal

tickets 3,50 / 7,50 €

From the essay by Thanavi Chotpradit: …Art has never been a perfect tool to record reality with precision. Yet artistic inaccuracy allows us to go beyond the physical world and factual information. No need to be a history lesson, nor a politically correct attempt, the dynamics of art lie in its fluidity and flexibility of re-presenting things. Here, art leads us to explore and problematize discourses around colonialism, post-colonialism, contemporary art practice and culture of curating non-Western contemporary art for an international audience. Is it still necessary to project the stereotypical image of the East as the exotic other? Like the floating title 'Iudea' in Vinckboons’ painting that arouses our imagination of the land he referred to, the questions of representation, projection and narration are floating, metaphorically, in the air of the exhibition and stimulate us to consider and perhaps re-consider the East…

On the occasion of the international groupexhibition Judea West presents an artists talk with an Asian meal. The conversation with the artist/curator Arin Rungjang and artist Nguyen Trinh Thi will be led in English and lead by Vivian Ziherl. The dialogue focuses on the exhibition and (video) art. With emphasis on how we deal with the East and how (un)important it is to be well informed about the history, colonization, communication and contemporary history. Afterwards we will share an Asian meal in the garden room or if the weather allows it in the garden.

Arin Rungjang (1975, Bangkok) creates conceptual work from a very personal perspective. He shares everyday activities with the audience and thus crosses the barrier between the private and public domain. The materials that Rungjang deploys are everyday objects, which he rearranges or uses in an uncustomary way. Thus he aims to stimulate the observer to re-evaluate his environment and to reflect on history, locations and social interaction. Arin Rungjang had recent exhibitions at, among other places, the Venice Biennale 2013; Singapore Biennale; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; H Gallery Bangkok; Art Center Bangkok; Bangkok University Gallery; PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York and West, Den Haag.

Nguyễn Trinh Thi (1973, Hanoi) explores in her work the role of memory in interpreting hidden and/or unknown collective histories. In her straightforward artist statement that 'Eating needs no explanations', the artist rightfully asserts that this primal human need does not require further elaboration. Yet, she also suggests that even simple basic rights cannot be taken for granted, and behind the seemingly simple façades of the work, a much deeper side of Vietnam is revealed. The works by Nguyen Trinh Thi were shown at film festivals and exhibitions, including: the Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; the Lyon Biennale; Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial; ZKM Karsruhe; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; Singapore Biennale and Oberhausen Film Festival. Currently, Trinh Thi is resident at DAAD in Berlin.

Vivian Ziherl is a critic and curator from Brisbane, Australia, living and working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2015, Vivian established the multi-platform project Frontier Imaginaries with the support of an IMA Curatorial Fellowship. She is a ‘Performance in Research’ contributor to If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution Edition VI. From 2013 to 2015, she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings, co-founded with Natasha Ginwala and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Vivian has curated major projects with the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and OCAT Shenzhen, among others. She teaches with the Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem) and is editor of the Lip Anthology (MacMillan, Kunstverein Publishing), The Drumhead by Gerry Bibby (Sternberg Press), and is co-editor of Reading Voices (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution). Vivian is a doctoral candidate in Curatorial Practice with the department of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, Melbourne.