Som Supaparinya


Som Supaparinya is from Chiang Mai and Lamphun, Thailand. Studied Painting in Thailand and Media Arts in Germany. Her works encompass a wide variety of mediums such as installation, objects, still and moving images which have produced mainly with a documentarian and experimentarian approach. The works focus on the impact of human activities on other humans and landscape through political, historical, and literary lenses. The changing landscape by various means motivated her practice. Her works are stories on noodles cultures, the change of the riverscapes, cityscapes, routes, electricity generation, resistance sites and banned books.

As a visual artist among the art community in Chiang Mai, she has participated in the founding and operation of CAC – Chiangmai Art Conversation since 2013. She was a director of Asian Culture Station (ACS) in the year 2016-2019 when CAC partnered with the Japan Foundation Asia Center Tokyo to establish the project. CAC aims to promote contemporary art in Chiang Mai while ACS activated Asian culture and its network. Sutthirat earned a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University and a Meisterschüler (postgraduate studies for artists) in Media Arts from Hochschule Fuer Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. She is a 2005 Imaging Our Mekong media fellowship and a 2010 Asian Cultural Council fellowship at International Studio & Curatorial Program – ISCP in New York City. She was selected to participate in the International Creator Residency Program at the Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama in 2012, Foundation Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, NRW, Germany in 2013 and Wellington Asia Residency Exchange, New Zealand in 2015. She was nominated for the Prudential Eye Awards 2016 shortlist in ‘Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video’, Singapore. Winners of Institut Français for an artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France in 2018.

Museums and galleries that have featured Som’s work include Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Japan, Jim Thompson Art CenterMaiiam Contemporary Art MuseumGallery Ver, Thailand, Queensland Art Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Australia, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, USA, Singapore Art Museum and ArtScience Museum, Singapore, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong,  Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Poland, ASEAN Culture House, Busan, South Korea, and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA.

International art festivals and biennials; Koganecho Bazzar 2011 in Yokohama, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2012 and 2018, Japan, EVA International[Ireland’s Biennial] in Limerick City, Ireland, 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, Cairo Biennale 13 in Cairo, Egypt, Biennale Jogja Equator #5, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thailand Biennale Korat 2021,  and 10th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia.

Recent exhibitions: Documenta15 as part of the exhibition of the Sa Sa Art Projects Collective, 16Albermarle Project Space and Delmar Gallery, Ashfield, Sydney, Australia and DC Collection, Thailand, SURVEY SHOW: DC COLLECTION OF 21ST CENTURY THAI CONTEMPORARY ARTS, DC Collection, Chiang Mai, 22nd The Silpa Bhirasri Creativity Grants Exhibition, Art-Centre Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, (02) (Biennale de l’Art et de la Nature Urbaine) – Beyond Water, Genève, Switzerland  and  After Hope: Video of ResistancePeabody Essex Museum, USA.

She was a fellow of the one-year artist in residence – DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program  in Berlin, Germany in 2021-2022 and schedule to exhibit her solo show at the DAAD Gallerie in Berlin in the year 2024/2025.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2001
    Postgraduate /Meisterschulerin in Media Arts, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany
  • 1997
    B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Selected Solo/Duo Exhibitions

-[DUO SHOW] [NEW WORKS] UNINTENTIONALLY Waiting, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China [20 May to 22 July 2017]
-[NEW WORK: Novel Without a Name], WTF, Bangkok, Thailand [8 October – 20 November 2016]
-10 Places in Tokyo, Gallery Ver, Bangkok, Thailand [18 August – 24 September 2016]
-[NEW WORK: Paradise of the Blind], SLEEP OVER Project by and at The Reading Room, Bangkok, Thailand [Thu 5 – Sun 29 May, 2016]

– Steal This Book, Toi Pōneke Art Center, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand [30 October – 14 Novem- ber 2015]

– The 28th Video Art Programs (A Window to the World), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan [July 18- September 17, 2012]
– Hypothetical, Medianoche, Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, USA
-Disc is Dead, Disco is Alive! (แ น ส ตายเเ ว เเ สโ งอ !), WTF Café and Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
-Sutthirat Supaparinya, Dotscape, 24HRArt, Northern territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Australia
-Invisible lines (Installation and Games), under the project Brand New II, Bangkok University Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (cu- rated by Ark Fongsamut) *catalog
-Room/ Ein Raum, Video Animation Installation, Chapel of the KSG (Catholic Student Club), Leipzig, Germany
-Things or Nothing, Pinmala Art Museum, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2018

“Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs” Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand – curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guer- rero
SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

“On Attachments and Unknowns”, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • 2016
    “Public Spirits” Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
    “Spirit of Place” Jendela Gallery, Esplanade, Singapore
    Hong Kong Arts Centre 4th Annual Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration; Intimate Curiosity- Invitation to Japanese Collectors of Contemporary Art, “Shooting Stars” presents as a collection of Daisuke Miyatsu, curated by Fumio Nanjo and Roger McDonald, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong

   “A Touch for the Now” curated by Yipei LEE, MONA Inner Spaces, Poland
Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition 2016, Level 3, ArtScience Museum, Singapore
Seismograph: Sensing the City – Art in the Urban Age, Southeast Asia Forum, Art Stage 2016, Singapore

  • 2015
    “Soft Power 2015” Leo Gallery (Shanghai), Shanghai, China (July 26-Oct 24, 2015)
    “Open Secret” The Art Center, Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2014
    “Unseen Existence: Dialogues with Environment a the Contemporary Art” Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong
    “Unearth” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore*catalog
    “Anarchy Artist Alliance (AAA)” Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan *catalog
    “South East Asia Topology” Project Fulfill art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
    “Here and There” The Ferry Gallery, cross Chao Praya river ferry pier (Wat Arun Pier), Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2013
    “THAITAI: A measure of Understanding” an exchange and collaboration project between Thai and Taiwanese artists
    “After Tsunami” Embracing Japan-Thailand Tsunami Experience, Mitaka City Cultural Center
    “Tokyo Story 2013 part 3-IDENTITIES IN THE WORLD” Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    “Riverscape In Flux” Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    Film Program In conjunction with the exhibition “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
    “Gliding, Scrub and Squeeze” RMIT University School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
    “Riverscape In Flux” Metropolitan Museum of Manila, 14 March-15 April, 2013, Manila, Philippines
    “Can You Hear Me?” Video works by six artists from Thailand at Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2012
    “Can You Hear Me? Video works by six artists from Thailand at Objecitfs Center for Photography and Film, Singapore – THAITAI: A measure of Understanding, BACC – Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok
    “Art in the Ninth Reign: Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism” Bangkok Art And Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
    “Riverscapes IN FLUX” a Goethe Institue in Southeast Asia Project, Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi, Cactus Contemporary Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Art Gallery g23, Bangkok, SA SA BAASSAC, Phnom Penh.Yebisu International Festival for Arts and Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan
    Art On Farm, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2011
    Koganecho Bazaar 2011, Koganecho, Yokohama, Japan
    “Siamese Connection 2011: Rediscover, Invisible Dog” New York, USA*catalog
    Print Installation, Horace Mann School, New York, USA*catalog
  • 2010
    “Art On Farm” Jim Thompson Art Farm, Pakthongchai, Nakorn Rachasrima province, Thailand
    “Return Ticket Thailand-German” BACC- Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok (Curated by Dr. Axel “Feuss and organized by Goethe Institute Bangkok on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Goethe Institute in Bangkok )
    “Surface Depth” H Gallery, Bangkok (Curated by Dr. Brian Curtin)
    “Imagine Peace” BACC – Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok (Curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and organized by Ministry of Culture, Thailand)
    Tich Dien Festival (Tradition Cow Painting Festival), Ha Nam Province, Vietnam
    Con+ent: Conten+, SMU (Singapore Management University) Arts Festival and 10th year Anniversary of SMU, Singapore
  • 2009
    “The View From Elsewhere” Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (curated by Kathryn Weir)
    “The View From Elsewhere” Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (curated by Kathryn Weir) *catalog 2008
    “3th Guangzhou Triennial” THE TEA PAVILION-East-South, Out of Sight project (curated by Sopawan Boonnimitra & Vira- porn Kitikunkamjorn), Guangzhou, Chin
    “Lifeboat #2551” Gallery 4A , Sydney Biennalle Parallel Exhibitions, Sydney, Australia curated by Michael Shaowanasai
    “ECOSYSTEMS” Containers of art, nature and spirituality from around the world, Genova, Italy
  • 2007
    “Kaohsiung Container Arts Biennial” Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Sustainable Cosmopolis: Eco-container Art Project, Taiwan and will travel to other large harbors around the world for 1 year.
    “9th International Symposium of Modern Art” d. fleiss & east – west artists Carei, Romania Curated by Prof. Dorothea Fleiss
    “Internal Mechanisms, HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS” Los Angeles, CA, USA, Curated by Joseph Imhauser
    “Conference of Birds” at Cassette Café, Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by Tin Tin Cooper and Andrews Little
  • 2006
    “Such is Life!” Beauty Suit, Doi Suthep Nature Study Center, Chiang Mai university, Thailand
    “Platform” Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand -Curated by David Teh and Manuporn Aramreang
  • 2005
    “Interweaving Cultures” Art Center at the Jim Thompson Thai House, Bangkok, Thailand (curated by Sachiko Namba, Grithiya Gaweewong, Ann Coxon)

   “CONVERGENCE” HCMC Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
“The 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival :PAAF2005” Pocheon Banwol Art Hall,Pocheon City, Korea

   “Conjunction Points, Gwangju Arts & Cultural Council, Gwangju, Korea (curated by Dr. Yang Eunhee)

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