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Le Mémento

Patipat Chaiwitesh

Date:

23 Jun - 28 Jul 2024

Le Mémento
Weaving the threads of life, Connecting death into cemetery patterns on Tapestry Art

"I want to express about death because these graves don't just bury one person. They are like family halls. When someone dies, they come to rest here, and their descendants will meet here. I want to talk about the journey, which is both the beginning and the end in the same place, even though we call it a cemetery." - Patipat Chaiwitesh

When we mention the word "Cemetery," many may feel a sense of gloom before even seeing the tombstones planted in the ground above lifeless bodies and the pervasive silence following us at every step as we cross the cemetery gates. This place is not only for burying the dead but also a journal for the memories of multiple generations, woven together from one to another, eventually converging in the same place.

At Père-Lachaise Cemetery, artist Patipat captured his impressions of this place, documenting a journey of memories that inspired the lives of those who remain. By analyzing lines, colors, and shapes reflecting the context, architecture, and changing times of this unique and renowned Parisian cemetery, he found that many graves were family graves. When any family members passed away, they were buried here, leading to the architecture of these graves as if they were houses. Another remarkable and impressive aspect of this cemetery is its old age and the classical patterns blending Neo-Byzantine, Neo-Gothic, and Neo-Classical styles. The size or partitioning of the graves reflects each family's wealth, including European church-like sculptures decorated around the graves and house-like doors for the buried. Numerous famous and high-status person in the history were buried here, such as the great composer Chopin, famous novelist Oscar Wilde, renowned romantic painter Delacroix, and even Jim Morrison, the legendary lead singer of ‘The Doors’.

The artist distilled this journal of memory into a visual language, reinterpreting and synthesizing it into new forms in contemporary patterns. Subsequently, they were expressed through hand-weaving techniques, resulting in hanging tapestries, a form of textile art with a very long history. However, the artist has further developed it by adjusting certain techniques and materials to align with the current situation and his perspective that textile is not just fabric but a surface because "textile" and "texture" share the same root. Moreover, the techniques and materials that he used told the story of his early journey when he had studied at École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, department of Textile and Tapestry in France. His interest in textile art led him to continuously create art and conceptual textiles to exhibit internationally.

In addition to his accumulated skills and talents, Patipat's artistry stands out uniquely. His sense of visual, techniques and ability to transform everyday surroundings into art by crossing and integrating conceptual art, design, and craft— applying such as instant noodles, household utensils, fabrics, taxidermy animals, etc.— are evident in this solo exhibition too. Patipat weaves cemetery patterns into hand-woven tapestry art, presented through installation art, allowing viewers to be surrounded and intimately experience it in the "Le Mémento" exhibition as if walking through a place where the journal of memory is written.

Inside the exhibition, besides the hand-woven tapestry art showing in the form of installation art, there is a special piece that invites viewers to participate; and various archives illustrating the creation process and his research.

"Le Mémento" solo exhibition by Patipat Chaiwitesh is on view from June 23 to July 28, 2024 on the Ground floor of Joyman Gallery, Bangkok. You are cordially invited to join the opening ceremony on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at 5:00 PM onwards, with Mr. Thierry BAYLE (Cultural Attaché), representative of the Embassy of France in Thailand, presiding over the event and deliver the opening remarks.

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