The Spirits of Maritime Crossing (Curated by Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda) – Natee Utarit

Photo credited to Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation and Amarin


RKFA is honored to announce that Natee Utarit will be part of a group exhibition organized by the Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) Foundation, The Spirits of Maritime Crossing, a Collateral Event of the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition showcases a constellation of artworks from Southeast Asia, reflecting upon cultural flows and moving water as metaphors for unexplored oceans and territories. The featured artworks by 15 artists range from paintings, and sculptures to mixed media works and video installations.

The Spirits of Maritime Crossing, curated by Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, highlights themes of displacement, diaspora, colonialism, and hybrids of diverse cultures across Southeast Asia with a particular emphasis on the symbolism of water and maritime crossings.

In this exhibition, Natee Utarit infuses Buddhist philosophy with Western art history that conveys contradiction and absurdity. East-West encounters depict foreigners everywhere in temples and piazzas. Convoluted time and space take viewers back to the time when the serene and exotic life of foreigners searched for abundance and refuge between Venice and Bangkok.

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Natee Utarit (b. 1970, Bangkok) studied at the College of Fine Art in 1987 and graduated in Graphic Arts at the Painting and Sculpture Faculty at Silpakorn University, both in Bangkok, Thailand in 1991. Solo exhibitions include Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces, The Private Museum, Singapore (2018), Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (2017), Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces, Ayala Museum, Manila, the Philippines (2017), Illustration of the Crisis, Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2013), After Painting, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2010) and The Amusement of Dreams, Hope and Perfection, Art Center of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2007). Recent group exhibitions include Beyond Bliss, Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Bangkok, Thailand (2018), Contemporary Chaos, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway (2018), Thai Eye, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand and Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2016/2015), Art of ASEAN, Bank Negara Museum and Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015), Time of Others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2015) and Asian Art Biennale 2013: Everyday Life, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2013).

His work is part of many renowned collections, such as the Bangkok University, Bangkok, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, as well as private collections in Europe and Asia.

Utarit’s multifaceted practice focuses on the exploration of the medium of painting connecting it with photography and classical Western art. Light and perspective are some of the elements the artist chose to work with, focusing on painting as a means to explore image making. His complex pictures, juggling wide-ranging metaphors usually in the format of the traditional still life, allude to Thailand’s current social and political landscapes.

  The Spirits of Maritime Crossing (Curated by Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda) – Natee Utarit

The Spirits of Maritime Crossing (Curated by Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda) – Natee Utarit

20 April - 24 November 2024

Palazzo Mangilli Valmarana
30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice,

Alwin Reamillo
Bounpaul Phothyzan
Chitti Kasemkitvatana
Jakkai Siributr
Jompet Kuswidananto
Kawita Vatanajyankur
Khvay Samnang
Marina Abramovic
Moe Satt
Nakrob Moonmanas
Pichet Klunchun
Priyageetha Dia
Truong Cong Tung
Yee I-Lann