Roundabout at km 0

Single Channel Video

Curator's Eye

Sutthirat Supaparinya lives and works in Chiang Mai and Lamphun, Thailand. The multi-disciplinary artist employs a documentarian approach to her work. Her artistic practice questions and interprets public-information to reveal its structures. Her recent projects focus on the impact of human activities on other humans and the landscape through political, historical, and literary lenses.

Roundabout at km 0, 2017, single channel video, 5.57 mins, documentary/experiment.

HD, 5.57 mins

Roundabout at km 0 portrays the pausing and reversing travel around a roundabout through moving images. The roundabout’s location is “kilometer zero;” the starting point of Thailand’s national highway system—and most significantly, also the location of Thailand’s Democracy Monument. This place has delineated as the “beginning” of all roads—literal and figurative—throughout Thailand. It’s also possible to run those roads run in reverse. The work uses this Bangkok location, which every Thai person will recognize, but perhaps without appreciating its meaning. The struggle between Thailand’s ideological poles has led to stalemate and stagnation of both ruler and system. Thai people seem blind to the clear picture of a brighter future—all is blurred. The audio that coincides with the moving images is a mixture of audio recordings pulled from Youtube videos of incidents of the Thai military cracking down on demonstrations that have taken place since the coup of 2014 to 2017.

Roundabout at km 0 produced and showed with Unintentionally Waiting for a Duo exhibition at Leo Gallery Shanghai.

The project works around the notion of time wasted in transit. The 2 works that use cityscapes—Bangkok and the city of Chiang Mai—to show the condition of two dissimilar journeys, struggling for the chance to move forward. In the big picture, Thailand has been struggling with political turmoil for more than 10 years. At the provincial level, local governments struggle with shrinking budgets to facilitate public services. The centralization of budgets and authority in Bangkok maintains the weakness of provincial Thailand. At both the local and central levels, the country has lost the opportunity to enhance its potential and move forward.

“Roundabout at km 0” has been shown in the following exhibitions and countries:

2020 - [Upcoming] After Hope: Videos of Resistance, the video program under #MuseumFromHome and engage with art at a distance policy, the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA [Open from Spring 2021]

2018 - Art Basel Hong Kong – Film Sector, Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre [23 March 2018]

2017 - SUTTHIRAT SUPAPARINYA + YUAN KERU DUO EXHIBITION, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China [20 May to 22 July 2017]