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b. 1986, Bangkok; lives and works in New York and Bangkok

Korakrit Arunanondchai, Songs for Dying (still), 2021, single-channel HD video, color, sound, 30:18 minutes. Courtesy of the artist; Bangkok CityCity Gallery; Carlos/Ishikawa, London; C L E A R I N G, New York/Brussels/Los Angeles; and Kukje Gallery, Seoul

Cyclical passages structure Korakrit Arunanondchai’s Songs for Dying (2021), a video dedicated to the artist’s grandfather, who raised him and is recorded here passing from one life to the next. Songs for Dying combines elements of traditional Buddhist animism—the belief in the spiritual essence of people, places, and things—with contemporary ecology and geopolitics. The video is set in Thailand and Korea, in lush forests and in dense cities, and in the mystical space of shamans, who mediate between humans and the more-than-human world. Arunanondchai’s video, by turns tender and intense, speculates on the persistence of memory and the relationship between all living things. The video is presented in the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.