Moment VII: To See The Lights, Shimmer, Rotterdam
A breeze in spring,
a river at a distance,
to see the lights.
In earlier months Shimmer began to fade in Moment VII into Moment VI. On the wall overlooking the Rotterdam Port is an unbound book of photographs, or what artist Kornkrit Jianpinidnan calls a poem. One of twelve, Poem 12: Thinking of D contains 144 images photographed in the Chanthaburi Province of coastal Thailand. After the Paknam crisis in 1893, French troops occupied Chanthaburi, returning the land back to Thailand in 1905. Kornkrit scouted the location for Poem 12 commissioned by the French luxury brand Dior. A poem, a travelogue, a slow unfolding over time. At Shimmer we are moving through the book, each day changing the page from The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to The Old Town Chanthaboon Waterfront, from Chanthaburi Archives to Kasemsarn Hotel, from The National Maritime Museum to Taksin Military Camp to name few.
As Moment VII begins to glow brighter and brighter we ask how does one disrupt the photographic capture, how can one move through the world without permanently altering it? Can one go against desires to capture and fix meaning and image? Opening on Saturday 1 June 2019, on two opposing walls of Shimmer a collection of Kornkrit’s photographic archive will become part of Shimmer’s surface. A wallpaper, a collection, a collage of past and present. We think of this layering as a space in which communities and voices move over and through surface.
List of works
- Poem 12 Thinking of D, 144 images, 148 pages, Indigo printed booklet, size 19 x 25 x 0.4 cm.
- Wall A, re-editing layouts of images and texts from Poem series, 60 digital prints on the wall, size variable
- Wall B, re-editing layouts of images and texts from Poem series, 24 digital prints on the wall, size variable
- 10 color fluorescent tubes