Pam VIRADA

About The Artist

Pam Virada (b. 1993) is interested in the intersections between the realms of architectural space and memory. Her practice collides subjective realms with physical spaces, often utilizing various media. Virada has been the recipient of a grant from the Asian Film Archive, and her work included in Sight & Sound Magazine’s “Top Ten Video Essays of The Year 2020”. She has been in exhibitions such as “Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions” (2021) at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, and “Multiple Planes” (2018), Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, as well as the Bangkok Biennial (2018).

Pam VIRADA

"I wonder whether these stories are told to ease life's difficulties, especially with immigration. Metaphorically, these immigrants were considered ghosts, since they did not fully assimilate into society at large."

Clouds obscure then blow away. Video

Clouds obscure then blow away. Video

About The Artwork

Clouds obscure then blow away

Single-channel colour video with sound

The work of Thai artist Pam Virada explores representations of the Chinese diaspora through narratives of animism, spirits, and the inexplicable beyond everyday realities. Clouds obscure then blow away was inspired by stories of the supernatural told to the artist by her grandmother, when the latter immigrated to Thailand. Virada speculates: “I wonder whether these stories are told to ease life's difficulties, especially with immigration. Within the context of Chinese immigration to Thailand in the past, I believe that it is not something only my grandmother experienced. Metaphorically, these immigrants were considered ghosts, since they did not fully assimilate into society at large.” The artist draws connections to Jacques Derrida’s ideas of hauntology, where the figure of the ghost is birthed from collective trauma. She amassed narratives of the supernatural originating in displaced communities, specifically those of first-generation female immigrants from China - tales that are uncanny and comforting at once. The work focuses on site-specificities within the domestic sphere, compartmentalizing the stories within the architecture of a house by interweaving them into particular spaces, such as the bedroom or dining room. Here, the mundane intermingles with the otherworldly.

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