Harit Srikhao

Harit Srikhao

Thailand, born in 1995

“As I walked down the stairs and looked for my way out, I saw a group of kids playing in a corner of the lobby. It was amazingly strange to see them running and playing in a place like this. I just stood there watching them for a long time. I thought back to when I was a kid and used to play with friends in the same type of place. We never felt tired or bored of our adventures in the massive, endless universe.” This is how Harit Srikhao describes a photo piece imbued at once in immense nostalgia and a bewitching, dreamlike atmosphere. A Boy Who Was Kidnapped by Time seems to lack all anchor in reality, neither in time nor space. Each one of the Thai photographer’s images evokes some fleeting memory of childhood, a telltale trace that emerges briefly from the past only to recede once again. Yet, as the artist says, he has practically no true recollection of this past; as if this long-lost time had in fact never truly existed. Or rather, as if, resurfacing so frequently, it has finally merged with the present to form a disconcerting continuity. Hung to take advantage of the images’ diverse formats, the series conjures up memories that are constantly being reconstructed and whose trajectory is anything save linear. As for the child’s vision, that can be re-experienced through the little viewer with which the installation concludes.

Photo Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2015
KMITL — King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand, since 2013

Harit Srikhao, A Soul at the Stair ; Slices ; Slow Ballad of the Universe ; Kids on the Fire Exit ; Kids in a Spaceship and Kiss of the Dead Twin , from the series A Boy Who Was Kidnapped by Time, 2014
Installation (inkjet prints, 67 x 100 cm, 1,2 × 1,1 cm, 20 x 30 cm 40 x 60 cm and 73 × 110 cm and viewmaster)
© Harit Srikhao

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