ENDLESS PRAYER: “Pheng Pheng - Pha Pha - Ha Ha - Rue Rue”
Solo Exhibition by Sirawit Chatu
ENDLESS PRAYER : “Pheng Pheng - Pha Pha - Ha Ha - Rue Rue” (The Bhramayana incarnation of ‘Ling Dum Hermit’ from Tha Sung Temple), This money-blessing prayer represents the relation of spiritual belief and capitalism concept in Thai society for such a very long period of time. Praying, as a financial abundance manifesting, becomes an option which people use to deal with their economic struggles. Whereas, when we have to chase after the economic dynamic in life (that is impossible to keep up with), this type of incarnation turns into ‘Endless Prayer’.
The exhibition delves into the intricate relationship between capitalism and spirituality, highlighting how economic factors have become intertwined with religious practices. Sirawit Chatu's artwork sheds light on how local myths and traditional beliefs are commodified and exploited within this context. Through the incorporation of the media, the exhibition showcases how these capitalist influences perpetuate an endless cycle of prayer and devotion.
“Pun” (Sirawit Chatu) challenges the Thai mindset without any exception and reflects the prevalence of beliefs associated with the capitalist system in Thailand. Through his thought-provoking artworks, Sirawit creates the juxtaposition of religion and pop culture prompting the audience to reappraise their beliefs and perceptions toward social norms. With a unique 'Thai style', he masterfully weaves humor into his creations, unraveling the seriousness that veils holiness.
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