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How to participate in writing another history of art, one that is iconoclastic, bold, and inclusive? Dérives, a new program launched at Lafayette Anticipations, delves into artists' imaginaries.

Through conversations that reveal the diversity of their inspirations, these creators will share new cartographies that celebrate the porosity of creative universes as well as the hybrid references nourishing the composition of new work. Dérives proposes to stand with the thoughts and emotions of our time, to the rhythm of the images, sounds, visions that nurture artists and their worlds.

A series of two encounters per season, curated by Madeleine Planeix-Crocker.

For this very first Dérives talk, Thai artist, filmmaker and storyteller Korakrit Arunanondchai pools textual and sensorial sources as portals to his newest film Songs for Dying. The film continues a line of exploration previously explored by the artist through installation and painting, in which different registers of storytelling are exposed : from the sacred intimate, to global politics, passing through animistic belief systems, local myths, and new technologies.

Through this discussion conceived as a journey, we dive deep into the writings of historians, religious studies scholars, and biologists echoed by Arunanondchai's personal archives of felt memory, to unpack notions of entangled communions, public and private rituals, as well as performances of love and protest featured in Songs for Dying*.

* Songs for Dying is a coproduction of the Kunsthall Trondheim, 13th Gwangju Biennale and the Han Nefkens Foundation.
A visual artist, filmmaker and storyteller, Korakrit Arunanondchai uses his versatile practice to tell stories rooted in cultural transplantation and hybridity.

His work merges fiction and poetry and offers synesthetic experiences engaged with a multitude of subjects based primarily on the lives of family, friends and colleagues as well as local myths. 

His major solo institutional exhibitions include MoMA PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kiasma, Helsinki; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing and S.M.A.K, Ghent, among others. He also took part in the group exhibition Au-delà at Lafayette Anticipations (2023). 

His work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennale and the Dhaka Art Summit.

Madeleine Planeix-Crocker is Associate Curator at Lafayette Anticipations.


Madeleine is also co-director of the "Troubles, Alliances et Esthétiques" Chair at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and a permanent member of the Scientific Research Council of the ESAD, Reims.

A graduate of Princeton University in cultural studies, Madeleine earned a Master's degree in Media, Art and Creation from HEC Paris and a Master's degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). There she led an arts-based research-action project with Women Safe non-profit, where she now facilitates a theater and creative writing workshop. Madeleine is currently a PhD candidate at the EHESS (CRAL), studying practices for commoning in contemporary performance.

She has been practicing dance and theater since childhood.


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