Sutthirat Supaparinya (b.1973, Chiang Mai, Thailand) is a visual artist and writer working in a wide variety of mediums encompassing installation, photography, video and sculpture. Through her work she questions the interpretation of images, text and sound, enabled and yet also burdened by our technological, media-oriented environment. Questioning how we value what is ‘natural’ or ‘man-made’; of what is ‘truth’ or ‘fiction’, her most recent projects study the social and environmental impact of industrial activity and governmental control in Thailand.
Som is a founding member of ‘Chiangmai Art Conversation’, established in 2013 to promote contemporary art in Chiang Mai (http://www.cac-art.info). She earned a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University (1996); and is a post-graduate in Media Arts from Hochschule Fuer Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany (2001).
Sutthirat Supaparinya currently lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
'The Ping River is a historic route for teakwood exports (Siamese-European trade) and also an important part of my family’s history. My grandparents lived along the Ping River. It was their hometown, their work and their life. However, since the Bhumibol Dam was built in 1958 as well as the expansion of the road network, the Ping river was blocked. Hence, the river-scape in their time and mine are completely different. The journey along, and on, the Ping River helped me to understand what my grandparents had experienced; at the same time I could observe other issues that have arisen in my time – such as the impact of electricity generation on rural communities.' (Sutthirat Supaparinya)