A conceptual modeling of Colonel G.E. Gerinii’s anthropolodgical and ethnic exhibition by Luciano G. Gerini

Dialogue No. 11 : Conceptual Modeling : The Bridge

Kanokwan: What  is it in Colonel Gerini , your granduncle, that  you have transcended in your art via a medium of conceptual modeling?

Luciano: It is his consciousness of the true Siameseness which he discovered in Siamese farmers and commoners. I found two small contact prints from  glass negative of his anthropological and ethnic exhibitions in his private archive that my family owned - - and now a property of GISSAD. These prints may be about a century years old and they truly represent the spirit of Siam. In this exhibition I made a conceptual modeling of his ‘to-see experience’ by enlarging them in a gigantic size and displayed with the real objects and tools in the pictures - - I find that they are just the same as what Thais have even now. This conceptual modeling testifies that the popular Siamese culture that Colonel found and documented in late nineteenth century is still alive and daily used by Thai people. This gives us a strong hope that the survival of local culture is possible in the flow of globalization. I also included his contact prints from glass negative  in LoKo mobile as well. This is to show, in a metaphorical way, the parallel between his and my consciousness about Suvarnphumi culture and the bridge that links those two consciousness.

 




     


Colonel G.E. Gerini, c.1900, Anthropological and ethnic exhibition, Courtesy of GISSAD  

Luciano Gerolamo Gerini, Conceptual modeling of Colonel Gerini  No.1,  2007,Ready-made and poster print from an original contact  print from Gerini’s glass negative, instllation view, CMU Art Museum, Chiang Mai

Luciano Gerolamo Gerini, Conceptual modeling of Colonel Gerini  No.2,  2007, Ready-made and poster print from an original contact  print from Gerini’s glass negative, instllation view, CMU Art Museum, Chiang Mai
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