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Pratchaya Phinthong

Born in 1974 in Ubon Ratchathani, he lives an works in Bangkok.

Pratchaya Phinthong creates situations as an invitation made to the visitor to share an experience with him. His projects (without any specific or pred-defined forms) suggest a crack in which the spectators are invited to fill the gaps. He builds a set, a fiction, or a process where he can test our perceptions. He proposes to his audience a story with multiple paths. A trip down memory lane combined with subjective perceptions. His projects are often constructed in a dialogue between the artist and the others, making the artist’s movement glide towards the social field. Beyond any artistical or formal experience, the artist is looking to find his place and his identity playing on the economic representations and cultural existences.The ‘gallery’ space becomes a free area. Therefore, Pratchaya Phinthong works in a dynamic area in between different realitie sunderlining the space and distance that separates them: two geographical points, two societies, two economic systems.

Traveling is also a key element of his work. The experience of displacement was the focal point of the exhibition “if I dig a very deep hole” that took place in gb agency in 2007. A mental and physical displacement all at once. Sort of a self-portrait of the artist in Paris, “if I dig a very big hole…” portrayed two moons on a negative. The artist found where the extreme geographically opposite place would be to Paris if we could draw a straight line through the globe. He then went to photograph the full moon on the Chatham islands (New Zealand) before coming to Paris to photograph the same full moon. The same motive, the same thing, two places diametrically opposite from one another, two individual experiences, two different moments are reunited in this work. The clear resolution of this long trip appeared hollow, as a kind of negative or print, almost unperceivable.

Global(e) Resistance with Pratchaya Phinthong

Group show including the work of Pratchaya Phinthong
Centre Pompidou, Paris
September 15, 2020 - January 4, 2021

Activity of Matter

Group show
gb agency, Paris
From November 30th 2019 to January 11th, 2020

Fiac 2019

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
October 17 - 20, 2019

Pratchaya Phinthong, Social Sculpture Project

A solo show by Pratchaya Phinthong
gb agency, Paris
From March 9 to May 4, 2019

Pratchaya Phinthong, Demonstrations

Solo exhibition
Frieze Art Fair
October 4 - 7, 2018

Pratchaya Phinthong, A whole from a different half

A solo show by Pratchaya Phinthong
gb agency, Paris
March 17 - April 28, 2018

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016

Art Fair
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
March 22 - 26, 2016

The Stratagems of the Intellect with Pratchaya Phinthong

Group installation
Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux
October 11–December 13, 2015

Pratchaya Phinthong: Who will guard the guards themselves?

a solo show by Pratchaya Phinthong
gb agency
From May 28 to July 18, 2015

Art 45 Basel

Art Fair
Art Basel
June 19 - 22, 2014.

And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay with Roman Ondak and Pratchaya Phinthong at Clark House

Group Exhibition
Clark House, Colaba, Bombay
7th February - 30th April 2014

Pratchaya Phinthong: A proposal to set CH4 5.75H20 on fire

Solo Show
KIOSK, Gand. Belgium
30 Nov 2013 - 26 Jan 2014

Pratchaya Phinthong, A piece that nobody needs

Solo Show
Lothringer 13_halle, Munich
22 nov 2013 - 26 jan 2014

Pratchaya Phinthong at Artists' Film Club, London

Aetists’ Film Club, ICA, London
30 July 2013 - 6:45 pm

Documenta 13

Kassel, Germany
9 June - 16 September 2012

Pratchaya Phinthong

Solo exhibition by Pratchaya Phinthong
gb agency
September 8 - November 3, 2012

Pratchaya Phinthong

A solo show by Pratchaya Phinthong
gb agency
From September 5 to October 10, 2009

Nord, Nord-Ouest

Group show
gb agency
From June 25 to July 25, 2009

Cinematic Panorama

Group exhibition
gb agency
From 1 December to 19 January 2008

Pratchaya Phinthong: if I dig a very deep hole

A solo show by Pratchaya Phinthong
gb agency
From September 8 to October 13, 2007

Petites compositions entre amis - Sequence 3

Group exhibition
gb agency
5 November to 22 December 2005

Exhibition view, My Body Holds Its Shape, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2020

Exhibition view, Pratchaya Phinthong, A Whole From a Different Half, gb agency, Paris, 2018

Exhibition view, Pratchaya Phinthong, Social Sculpture Project, gb agency, Paris, 2019

Exhibition view, Pratchaya Phinthong, Social Sculpture Project, gb agency, Paris, 2019

Installation detail, Pratchaya Phinthong, Broken Hill, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2013

Exhibition view, Pratchaya Phinthong, Broken Hill, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2013

Exhibition view, Donne plus que tu ne prends, C.A.C, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bretigny, 2010

Installation view, Pratchaya Phinthong: Give more than you take, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, 2011


Fork, 2020
Untitled (artist quality), 2020
Ganga River, 2019
Spoon, 2019
Unclock, 2019
A whole from a different Half, 2018
Untitled (Ring), 2018
Reality ripple, 2017
Social Sculpture Project 05, 2017, 2017
The blind threat, 2017
A proposal to set CH4*5.75H20 on fire (work in progress), 2016
Untitled (Jeans), 2016
Internal rhyme, 2015
Social Sculpture project, 2015
Who will guard the guards themselves, 2015
Untitled (rice), 2014
A proposal to set CH4*5.75H2O on fire (work in process), 2013
A year without a summer, 2013
Broken Hill, 2013
A piece that nobody needs, 2012
Algahest, 2012
Don't kubeba (don't tell them), 2012
Lines of the hand, 2012
One of them, 2012
Sleeping sickness, 2012
Tsetse Eradication Campaign, 2012
Untitled, 2012
Untitled (no work), 2012
Untitled (wires), 2012
All is dust, 2011
Give more than you take, 2010
2017, 2009
What I learned I no longer know; the little I still know, I guessed, 2009
My brain or my stomach, 2008
Untitled, Screening Canal Louvre Museum, 2007
No patents on ideas, 2005