Born in Bangkok in 1981, Anupong Charoenmitr finished his BA in fine art photography at Rangsit University, Bangkok and is now pursuing his MA in fine art at the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. He was selected for Cross Stitch, an exhibition for young artists initiated by the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) in 2013, and was selected as one of 10 finalists in the video section of the international Arte Laguna Prize 2013/14 (Venice, Italy).
Although he is a new face in the arena of photography and video art, his works express sharp ideas and reflect an impressive perspective, as well as skillful photographic technique. He has turned to video art to demonstrate and expatiate his surroundings through plain, simple but romantic methods. Meanwhile, his language induces viewers to follow through what he intends to communicate.
Anupong loves to photograph a person, following a single life to capture the individual identity. In 2007, he took a very interesting set of black-and-white photographs of a female Thai boxer. In 2012 he turned to video art using his skill to seize a moment in the life of an animal, especially in the last moment of its life: the struggles of a dying pigeon on the street in Bangkok, a cow being forced to the slaughterhouse, and the cleaning process of a dead pig on a butcher’s grate.
The scene is realistic and yet desperately beautiful. Still it looks like a play – the viewers can’t help but feel as if it is not real, as if we are the audience watching a perfect scene on stage. It is not showing the situation directly but poetically revealing the truth about life: the truth that will linger in our memory. Anupong’s works have developed through time; the interesting point is to observe, in the future, what his simple but poetic method will lead us to.
Originally published in the Autumn & Winter 2014 issue of ArtReview Asia, in association with EFG International.