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Nippan Oranniwesna, Lunar Eclipse (detail), 2018, coins, chain, golden frames, two elements, this one 10' 3 7/8“ x 1 1/2”.

Nipan Oranniwesna

Nova Contemporary

Nippan Oranniwesna, Lunar Eclipse (detail), 2018, coins, chain, golden frames, two elements, this one 10' 3 7/8“ x 1 1/2”.

“Neither Body nor Soul” was Nipan Oranniwesna’s first solo exhibition in his home country in six years. One of the most prominent Thai artists of his generation, Oranniwesna is appreciated for his minimal, ephemeral, and contemplative installations, which evoke the concepts of home, belonging, and displacement. His oeuvre is remarkably consistent and unmistakably distilled, but the quietness and subtlety of his work occasionally (and perhaps deliberately) obscure and undermine its political dimension. Since the mid-2000s, the artist has been working with city maps, traditional songs, and historical imagery to challenge the idea of nationalism. As Thailand’s political situation has deteriorated into chaos and violence since 2008, and especially since 2015 (a year after the country’s most recent coup d’état, executed by the oppressive military junta still in power today), the

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