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The “Denim Painter” on Display in Paris

Denim has always been a symbol of Western culture, and now the fabric will play a key role in a new art show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Artist Korakrit Arunanondchai’s “Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3” is on display now in Paris until Sept. 13. The Thai artist calls himself “the denim painter,” using jeans as a symbol of the embrace of Western culture in a series of paintings and videos. Arunanondchai calls his latest piece the epilogue of the last four years of his work.

The installation is made in two parts. “The Body” is a large denim body painting, visible only from above. “The Spirit” presents a video of the artist’s conversation with an invisible main character, featuring Thai landscapes and punctuated with young Thai people dressed completely in denim.

Photo: Aurélien Mole