14 February – 28 February 2020
Opening: Friday 14th February 2020, 6:00 pm.
Location : Tentacles Gallery, N22
Soi Taweewattana, Chan Rd., Chongnonsee, Yannawa, Bangkok
Artist : Ramesh Ramakrishnan
River Rituals is a photographic invitation to re-imagine, re-energise and re-ignite our relationship with rivers. It takes the view that rivers are the crucial means by which human ideas come to life and endure. It is only through examining the philosophy and relationship we have with a river and the spaces around it that we get to understand its significance and meaning. The river (of life) flows, bringing tropes, emotions and narratives, all the while channeling our conscience and making memories. It flows through us and carries on without fail to the sea. Rivers also embody the way of nature, which we tend to forget and from which we have become detached. Thus, every once in a while, it is worth flowing-in, riding upstream, relooking at the river and allowing it to flow into our lives.
Ramesh has been working on photographing rivers and life in river cities and towns as part of his ongoing project documenting River Cultures. In this exhibition he is exploring a few aspects on how the Chao Phraya River affects the stories, psyche and visual culture of Bangkok.
About the Artist
Ramesh Ramakrishnan (RR) is a Photographer, artist, and marketer with over three decades of
corporate experience in Marketing, Strategy and General Management in companies like P&G, Philips, Seagram/Pernod–Ricard and Dumex/Danone. Returning to academics in 2018 he graduated with an MA in Asian Art History from Goldsmiths University of London studying in LaSalle College Singapore. He completed his Artist residency as a photographer / artist in MES56 YOGJAKARTA an artist space focused on contemporary photography exploring the photographs of the Hidden Base of Borobudur.
RAMESH did his MA thesis on photography of transgender people in Asia and he is currently working on a few long term projects based on River Cultures, Sacred Spaces and Gender Photography Currently he is an artist in residence in Tentacles art gallery in Bangkok. In Tentacles he is working on exploring the changing culture of the Chaophraya river that flows through Bangkok and Southern Thailand as a basis for his PhD studies.