Chulayarnnon Siriphol
Artist, Film maker / Bangkok, Thailand

Monk and Motorcycle Taxi Rider
2013 / Single-channel HD digital video / sound / color / 15 min

The good story a penniless man, "Petch" a handsome and good-humored guy working as a motorcycle taxi driver. He never feels a shame because he is proud of supporting his education and being a backbone of a family. Petch dreams of being a folk singer, he does everything to achieve it and hopes for his family's better life. Petch has his good friend named "Din" who is his fellow driver. Even Din is a rogue but with his good heart he could get along with the others very well. They both are fond of each other for when one is in trouble, the other will always be there to help. They have been struggling together. Din also has a dream of being a folk singer like his best friend. By the way, their dream is not easy to achieve. Their way is not in rosy hues as in a fairy tale because there are unexpected events, troubles, sufferings, and obstacles that attack them; let alone people who fume with envy and jealousy and are ready to deprive their dream. To reach their goal, they must endure and hearteningly fight all obstacles and catch their beautiful dream.

Chulayarnnon Siriphol was born in 1986. He is interested in exploring new possibilities in creating moving images. He is thus working between the role of a filmmaker and an artist, using video as a medium. His works range from short film, experimental film, documentary to video installation which are in-between personal memory and social memory, documentary and fiction, reality and supernatural. Through these pieces, he questions the belief of virtue and ideal through sarcasm, illusions, and his own sense of humor. His short film Vanishing Horizon of the Sea won Special Mention from the 2014 Singapore International Film Festival. His other short films have been screened in many film festivals, for example, The 34th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2005), Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan (2011), The 11th International Film Festival Hannover, Germany (2011), Arkipel: Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Indonesia (2015). He has solo exhibitions, Ghost Orb, Eat Me Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand (2011), Behind the Painting, curated by Hiroyuki Hattori, the Art Centre, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2015), Museum of Kirati, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2017) and group exhibitions, The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan (2014), 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2015), Aún (Still/Yet) - 44 Salón Nacional de Artistas, curated by Inti Guerrero, Pereira, Colombia (2016), Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Para Site, Hongkong (2017), Enigmatic Majorities, The Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne, Germany (2017). His latest short film, PLANETARIUM, premiered at 2018 Cannes Film Festival from May 8-19, as part of 10 YEARS THAILAND, a feature film by 4 Thai directors (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat and Chulayarnnon Siriphol) in the Special Screenings section at Soixantième Theatre. This section of the program pursues political and social issues. Now, he is currently living and working in Bangkok.