Lost In Navinland
At the India Art Fair, where more than a thousand national and international artists converged over the weekend, Rawanchaikul stood apart from the modern-day hysteria. Present there as an artist (exhibiting two works at Mumbai’s Sakshi Gallery stall) and as a speaker, the 42-year-old’s works and conversations go back to a certain past and re-acquired identity. “I have a lot of questions about who I am,” he said, talking about his life and its influence on his artist. In 2008 and 2011, he held two exhibitions, titled “Places of Rebirth” and “Navinland Cinema” respectively, retracing the ancestral memory and migration of his family and others from the community in Chiang Mai.
“I grew up in a mixed culture - an Indian born in Thailand. As a child, we had a strong Indian culture at home but when I was outside, I found it very troublesome since I wanted to be Thai. This conflict constantly makes me think about the role of identity,” said the artist, who works from
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