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Mixed media installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. 1961): Untitled (same but not equal), 2013 (Newspaper on Linen, Rice) / 沪申画廊 Shanghai Gallery of Art / Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 / SML.20130523.6D.14129 | by See-ming Lee (SML)
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Mixed media installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. 1961): Untitled (same but not equal), 2013 (Newspaper on Linen, Rice) / 沪申画廊 Shanghai Gallery of Art / Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 / SML.20130523.6D.14129

When this installation was first on view, many have questioned what it was intended to mean. The words “Same but not equal” was painted in all caps on top of a collage of Thai newspaper “khaosod” on linen canvas. The panel was placed on top of two piles of Thai rice. Although the pile of rice appears the same, one pile of rice is ordinary rice and the other, apparently, is premium export-grade Thai jasmine rice.

 

To one art blog Blouin Art Info [1], it is a commentary about ABHK, where Art Basel Hong Kong, though featuring many of the same galleries seen Art Basel Switzerland and Art Basel Miami, is in many ways different than their counterparts given the type of art works being shown in comparison.

 

To me, it is a commentary on a larger issue where news media speak of the same kind of political news though their analysis and content is highly different.

 

Art is up to all kinds of interpretation. I have no idea if the artist created this piece specifically for ABHK, if so then perhaps that does have some validity. It is interesting nevertheless, though I would most certainly not pay 100-150k USD for it which is apparently the asking price for this work [2].

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Untitled (same but not equal), 2013

Newspaper on Linen, Rice

286 x 220 cm

 

# Rirkrit Tiravanija

b. 1961 Buenos Aires, Argentina

1980 Carleton University

1980-1984 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada

1984 Banff Center School of Fine Arts

1984–86 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1985-86 Whitney Independent Studies Program

1982 Moved to New York, NY

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thai: ฤกษ์ฤทธิ์ ตีระวนิช, pronunciation: [rɯk-rit tira-wanit] or Tea-rah-vah-nit) is a contemporary artist residing in New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961. His installations often take the form of stages or rooms for sharing meals, cooking, reading or playing music; architecture or structures for living and socializing are a core element in his work.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rirkrit_Tiravanija

 

 

# Shanghai Gallery of Art 沪申画廊

3F, No. 3, Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road

200002 Shanghai

China

www.shanghaigalleryofart.com/

 

# Notes

1. enjp.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/905969/same-but-not-equ...

2. artsy.net/artwork/rirkrit-tiravanija-untitled-same-but-no...

 

# SML Data

+ Date: 2013-05-23T17:45:10+0800

+ Dimensions: 5412 x 3619

+ Exposure: 1/40 sec at f/8.0

+ Focal Length: 29 mm

+ ISO: 640

+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D

+ Lens: Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM

+ GPS: 22°16'59" N 114°10'22" E

+ Location: 香港會議展覽中心 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

+ Workflow: Lightroom 4

+ Serial: SML.20130523.6D.14129

+ Series: 新聞攝影 Photojournalism, SML Fine Art, Art Basel Hong Kong 2013

 

# Media Licensing

Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

 

 

Mixed media installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. 1961): Untitled (same but not equal), 2013 (Newspaper on Linen, Rice) / 沪申画廊 Shanghai Gallery of Art / Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 / SML.20130523.6D.14129

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