b. 1957, Trad, Thailand
After early experiments with intaglio printmaking and sculptural installation, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook began, in the late 1990s, to concentrate on film and video. In The Class (2005), Rasdjarmrearnsook is shown instructing a classroom of six corpses, satirizing academic convention—the living professor teaching death to an audience already well versed in the subject. Acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection, The Treachery of the Moon (2012) again juxtaposes two different worlds, the fictional realm of television drama and the reality of political clashes in 21st-century Thailand. Rasdjarmrearnsook’s work has been installed in solo presentations and group exhibitions internationally, at venues including the National Gallery, Bangkok (1992, 1994, 1995, and 2002); and Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (2012) in addition to biennials and other international exhibitions. Rasdjarmrearnsook lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.