Did You Leave Your Island

Did You Leave Your Island


On her flight to Krabi in 2017, A K Dolven sat next to a Thai woman who travelled to bring back 200 books to a Buddhist temple in Kristiansand, Norway, where she has been living for 13 years. Both exchanged personal experiences of Norway, while anticipating their arrival to a country of which was to be discovered by one and re-discovered by the other. For Thailand Biennale, Dolven proposes a site that exists in between: a site to engage with fragments of memories and to discover the unknown. Located between two rocks at the end of Nopparatthara beach, the work is a house that is only accessible during low-tide. During high-tide the orientation shifts to an isolated, dream-like vision for onlookers ashore. The interior is decorated with a few ubiquitous items from Krabi, with windows framing parts of the landscape. Visitors will hear the voices in Thai, English and Norwegian, recorded from the Thai community in Norway, reflecting on the place they had left behind and where they are currently. This work is a collaboration between A K Dolven, architect Bancha Ma, and builder Bang Nu. ภาษาไทย : คลิกที่นี่


A.K. Dolven

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Born in Oslo in 1953, A K Dolven lives and works in Oslo and Lofoten, Norway. Dolven’s practice spans a variety of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, film and sound. Her work alternates between the monumental and the minimal, the universal and the intimate, resonating with concepts and structures beyond the confines of any particular piece. Interpersonal relations and interactions are central to her practice, and many of her performance-based works involve collaborations with other people. Dolven has exhibited extensively internationally at a wide range of institutions and galleries.

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