Monuments of Ratchadamnoen, a performative lecture
September 11 in Pan Pacific Park’s outdoor amphitheater
Conceived as a performative lecture, Monuments of Ratchadamnoen chronicles Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai’s walk through Bangkok's historical and politically charged thoroughfare, as they observe how the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020’s pro-democracy movement altered its landscape and architecture. Weaving narratives of uprising and dictatorial repression with their own family legacy of revolutionaries and disgraced politicians, Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai reflects on the conflicting ideologies that shape a nation and one’s own sense of self.
Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai is a transdisciplinary artist, working across performance, video and installation, based in Los Angeles. Born in Thailand in 1989, they grew up in Europe before moving to the US in 2011.
They received their Visual Arts Degree from the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Nantes Metropole and a License in Film Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. They hold a BFA from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco. They are a recipient of the SOMA Summer Award, Mexico City in 2016 and the emi kuriyama spirit award in 2020.
Recent projects include: Stranger Intimacy I & II, at the ONE Archives at USC Libraries and USC Pacific Asia Museum (LA), Chloropsis Aurifrons Pridii, The Fulcrum Press (LA), Excerpts of Memories From the Screen, a Zoom performative lecture for BOOKSHOP LIBRARY, BANGKOK CITY CITY GALLERY (Bangkok), Irrational Exhibits 11: Place-Making and Social Memory, Track 16 (LA). They curated the MAHA Pavilion for the Bangkok Biennial 2020.