The Class, Death Seminar

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

The Class, Death Seminar, lifeless bodies obtained from a morgue are the students. The teacher is artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook who stands in front of a blackboard, at times lecturing on the topic of death, and at times engaging a conversation with these students. Together teacher and students re-examine attitudes towards death and puzzle over the life-after-death conundrum.

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (b. 1957) is a prominent Thai artist whose work often examines death and lamentation. She received her M.F.A. from Silpakorn University in Thailand. In 2005, her work was chosen to represent Thailand at the Thai Pavilion, at the fifty-first Venice Biennale. She has also participated in the Gwangju Biennale and the Taipei Biennale, and in many solo and group exhibitions both in Thailand and abroad. A detailed bio and a portfolio of her work may be found here.