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November 22, 2009

Nipan Oranniwesna: Globalization & Baby Powder

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carly J Hallman @ 8:01 am

Art Radar Asia asks, “Is national identity still relevant within our globalized world, which is more interdependent than ever before?”

Nipan Oranniwesna, an ethnically-Chinese artist born and raised in Thailand, is trying to answer that question with baby powder.

In August, Oranniwesna debuted his “Being…. At HomE,” an exhibit crafted entirely from Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder in a gallery in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Oranniwesna says that the exhibit is intended to question both the concept and validity of nation-based identity in an ever-globalizing world…

“City of Ghost,” is a skyline that imagines thirteen of the world’s major cities as one. Another piece, “…with our flesh and blood,” questions nationalism more directly– the piece is the Chinese national anthem, “Qi Lai,” or “Rise Up,” written in braille. And of course, both of these pieces (and every piece in the show save for the final, which you can view on Art Radar Asia’s website) is constructed solely of baby powder…soft, sweet, and gone with the wind.

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