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Chapter 4 undertakes a queer-feminist analysis of the contemporary Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s videos about intimacy and exchange with the dead. From 1997 until the mid-2000s this artist returned repeatedly to a hospital morgue to perform with corpses in different scenes and arrangements. Focusing on conceptual and performative aspects of Araya’s video work, this chapter considers how scenarios of loss and invocations of scenes of intimacy are made to relate in the films. It examines how Araya’s work defamiliarizes the popular conventions of depicting female death and attachment to the dead female body in Thailand. Using death as a register...

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