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Miti Ruangkritya
(b.1981, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Miti Ruangkritya
Photo: Andras Bartok

Ruangkritya is a Thai based image maker. His work focuses on an issue or a topic surrounding his life. In particular, the city often surfaces as a dominant subject - from its environments and people and to its transformation and growth.

The series of his work entitled, Imagining Flood (2011) examines ideas surrounding fear, imagination and anticipation amongst city dwellers - tensions which were palpable when Bangkok was struck by severe flooding. The project explores and represents these themes through disquieting, otherworldly night-time landscapes. Thai Politics (2006-ongoing) explores the different political attitudes in Bangkok - the project also examines photography within an image rich world. Punctuating each addition to the series is not only a different dimension to people's political views and behaviors, but also a different approach to how they are captured and presented. This approach ranges from curating images found across social media (Thai Politics no.2 and 4) to the more traditional approach of digital and film photography (Thai politics no.1, 3 and 5). His most recent series of works, Dream Property (2014-ongoing) examines the nature of property development and its relationship with human ideals and aspirations. The series includes the images of land undergoing commercial development as well as images of newly built condos entering Bangkok's real estate market; whilst Excerpts from Bangkok Real Estate Advertising explores the use of texts within this context by focusing on the exuberant slogans that habitually accompany real estate advertising.

Ruangkritya has involved in many exhibitions in and out of the country and the previous exhibitions include "LANDSCAPE: Hotel Asia Project" (Traveled from Gallery Soap, Fukuoka to China, Thailand and Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 2016-2017), "Omnivoyeur" - a visual and sound project with Christina Kubisch (Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, Thailand, 2016), "Dream Property" (Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Thailand, 2016), "The Archive as Conversation" (Singapore Photography Festival, Singapore, 2016) and "Urban and Reflections: Contemporary Thai Photography" (Otterbein University, Ohio, USA, 2016).
He has been nominated for the international awards such as Magenta Foundation for Emerging Photographers (UK) in 2011, Prix Pictet (Geneva) in 2015-16. Most recently in 2016, he was selected as one of the finalists of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (Hong Kong).


Stay: May 10, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation
Exhibition:The BAR Vol.10 (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme)
"Shaping Voices, Silent Skies"

New works by Miti Ruangkritya (Thailand) and Sarah Abu Abdallah (Saudi Arabia)
Saturday, July 1 - Monday/National holiday, July 17, 2017
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery
Opening reception: 18:00 - 20:00, Friday, June 30
Artist Talk: 14:00 - 16:00, Saturday, July 8 at 8/ COURT (Shibuya Hikarie 8F)

"Imagining Flood", Giclée print on archival paper, 2011

"Dream Property", Installation view, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, 2016

"Excerpt taken from Bangkok Real Estate Advertising", Book, 2016

"Omnivoyeur", Installation view, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, 2016