Art in Translation: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

  • Dates: March 7, 2020 - July 26, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607-6407
  • Admission: Free

About

In a series of photographs and videos, Rasdjarmrearnsook presents framed reproductions of famous works of artthose that would be familiar to many Eurocentric audiences, such as Edouard Manets Luncheon on the Grass and Pierre Auguste Renoirs Ball at the Moulin de la Galette -to rural Thai villagers, recording their reactions to works unfamiliar to them. The villagers share a variety of responses, subtitled in English, as they decode the scenes in front of them: excitement, humor, dislike, and confusion. What results is a fascinating study in how (and what) we communicate through art and body language, how worlds collide, how context and location of works of art matter (or not) and how disparate cultures have more commonalities than typically thought.