31 March – 29 April 2023
Movement Is Medicine
Pratchaya Phinthong

The Island Club is pleased to present Movement Is Medicine, a solo exhibition by Pratchaya Phinthong.

Pratchaya Phinthong (b. 1974, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand) is an alchemist of economic value and social functions. In his practice, financial fluctuations, media alarmism and the world labour market are transferred into matter as it transforms from solid to liquid to gaseous states, and then back again. He can be described as a trader who operates according to a logic opposite to that of profit, and who deals in cultural and value systems, trafficking in everyday meanings, hopes and troubles. Phinthong accepts the perpetual transformation of forms and politics, of existence and daily life, poetically transferring the metaphor of fluctuation in currency values to various areas of human action. His works often arise from the confrontation between different social, economic or geographical systems. They are the result of a dialogue, and bring all their poetic forces from an almost invisible artistic gesture.

Solo exhibitions include: Extended Release, Art Center University, Wang Thapra, Bangkok (2020); This page is intentionally left blank, Bangkok Citycity Gallery (2019); Pratchaya Phinthong, gb agency, Paris (2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, 2007); Who will guard the guards themselves?, Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok (2015); A proposal to set CH4 5.75H20 on fire, Kiosk, Ghent (2013); A piece that nobody needs, Lothringer13_halle, Münich (2013); Broken Hill, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013); Sleeping Sickness, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Rennes (2012); Give More Than You Take, GAMeC, Bergamo (2011); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brétigny (2010).

Selected group exhibitions include: Istanbul Biennial 2022; Vulnerable Beings, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2022); Global Resistance, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (2020); Chine Afrique, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (2020); My body hold its shape, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2020); Moderna Museet Collection, Stockholm (2020); A Brave New World, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2020); Seismic Movements, Dhaka Art Summit (2020); Hysterical Mining, Vienna Biennale, Kunsthalle Wien (2019); Soft Power, SF MOMA, San Francisco (2019); In situ from outside, National Museum, Bangkok (2019); Dhaka Art Summit 2019; Floating Worlds, 14th Biennale, Lyon (2017); Sunshower, National Art Center and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); Art Encounters, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Timisoara (2017); Manipulating The World, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); 40th Anniversary, Ludwig Museum, Köln (2016); 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); Under the Clouds, Serralves Museum, Porto (2015); Time of Others, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2015); Gallery of Modern Art, National Museum of Art, Osaka (2015); Singapore Art Museum (2015); Queensland Art Gallery (2015); Soleil Politique, Museion, Bolzano (2014); Materials, Money and Crisis, MUMOK, Vienna (2013); I Know You, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); Until it Makes Sense, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Death & Life of Fiction, Taipei Biennial (2012); How to Work (More for) Less, Kunsthalle Basel (2011).

OPENING 31 March 2023, 18:00–21:00
DURATION 31 March – 29 April 2023. Holiday closures: 14 and 15 April.
OPENING HOURS Thursday to Saturday, 12:00–18:00

In parallel with the opening of Movement Is Medicine, The Island Club will be hosting the launch of Sensing is believing, believing is seeing, a publication by Adonis Archontides following his exhibition at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre in May–July 2022, featuring an original text by Gabrielle de la Puente (The White Pube).

These events at The Island Club will coincide with the opening of The Day Before the Western Wind, a solo exhibition by Despina Charitonidi at eins gallery (19:00–22:00), and the closing of Through the Looking Glass, a screening of films by visual artists Stelios Kallinikou, Marianna Christofides and Constantinos Taliotis at Pylon Art & Culture (18:00–22:00).