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Sorawit Songsataya

Studio grant holder in Stockholm 3 April - 29 July 2018

Primarily interested in craft, textiles, hand-made objects and computer technology, Sorawit Songsataya’s practice is formed at the intersection of digitised labour and traditional craftsmanship. Employing film and animation, sculpture, new media, synthetic and organic materials, the artist explores the intricacy of what it means to “make” today: how political and historical dimensions are embedded and layered in the process of making, in material selection, modes of research and methods of presentation. Often resolved in a form of video installation, his handmade and machine-crafted sculptural objects manifest the tangibility of his moving-image work, in which the relationship between the visual and the bodily is intensified through the process of materialisation; of 3D animation into 3D-printed, machine-made forms and handmade objects.

Materiality, labour, and the production of subjectivity are muddied as the process of making is pluralised in a web of human and non-human, natural and synthetic, the historical and the fictional. Working with organic matter such as clay, wool fibre and natural yarn, Songsataya’s practice embodies tactility as a form of primordiality while embracing digital modalities as a way to synthesise and understand new materialism (Delanda), natureculture (Haraway) and the nomadic subject (Braidotti). These philosophical fields regarding time, matter, physics and subjectivity can be viewed as coalesce with indigenous beliefs and ways of thinking (Te Ao Māori), which the artist embraces to sustain the pragmatic dimensions of his work; to understand and help unravel the kinship between making and remaking the image/object of the past, present and future.

Sorawit Songsataya completed his MFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland in 2014. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the McCahon House for 2018. His first major solo institutional exhibition will be at ARTSPACE, New Zealand in February 2018.

 

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