The Map for the Soul to Return to the Body

Dusadee Hantrakul2019

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum
Singapore, Singapore

Discovered in 1966, the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site in the Udon Thani province of Thailand is home to one of the earliest Bronze Age civilisations, dating approximately 2,000 BCE. Since its discovery, the archaeological site has become renowned for its distinctive red pottery bearing elaborate patterns. Drawing from the rich heritage of the site, Dusadee Huntrakul has inscribed 16 reproductions of these ceramic pots with urgent concerns of today. Touching on issues ranging from climate change to universal basic income, his work seeks to resume a 4,000-year-old conversation and bridges cultures across thousands of years, posing the questions: what constitutes humanness and what is the meaning of being human?


  • Title: The Map for the Soul to Return to the Body
  • Creator: Dusadee Hantrakul
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Physical Dimensions: Variable dimensions
  • Medium: 16 ceramic sculptures on custom-made pedestals
  • Art Movement: Contemporary Art

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