January 2021
Singapore Art Week

Talk: Southeast Asia Art Watch: Thailand

17 January 2020

17 January 2020

Tent B – Talks
S.E.A. Focus, Gillman Barracks
Admits entry with a valid S.E.A. Focus ticket

4.30PM – 6.00PM

Southeast Asia Art Watch is a series of country-specific talks focused on both developed and emerging art scenes in the region.

Korakrit Arunanondchai, Artist
Kittima Chareeprasit, Curator of MAIIAM Museum
Dusadee Huntrakul, Artist

Moderated by Gregory Galligan, Director of Thai Art Archives

With three biennales taking place for the first time in the country last year and the recent opening of MAIIAM Museum in Chiang Mai, this panel addresses these significant changes, the socio-political changes within the country and their relationship with the Thai art ecosystem.

About the speakers:

A visual artist, filmmaker, and storyteller, Korakrit Arunanondchai employs his versatile practice to tell stories embedded in cultural transplantation and hybridity. His body of work merges fiction with poetry and offers synesthetic experiences engaged in a multitude of subjects primarily based on lives of family, friends, and colleagues as much as local myths. His major institutional solo shows include MoMA PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kiasma, Helsinki and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, among others. This year his work was included in 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, and the Istanbul Biennial.

Kittima Chareeprasit holds a full-time teaching position at the Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. She co-founded an experimental workshop and art publisher studio in titled Waiting You Curator Lab (2016). Chareeprasit has previously worked on many projects as part of the curatorial team of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai. Her recent curatorial work includes In search of other times: reminiscence of things collected at JWD Art Space, Bangkok (2019) Temporal Topography at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum (2019), Occasionally Utility at Gallery VER, Bangkok (2017), and Remembrance at Sri Prakat, Chiang Mai (2015).  

1998 was the first time Dusadee Huntrakul saw his late brother brought home fired funky ceramic pots that he made at a community college’s pottery class in USA, that was when something profound moved inside of him. Huntrakul started working with clay himself almost twenty years ago at his uncle’s ceramic studio in Bangkok. Many schools and different lives later, he still uses fired clay, language and other materials to compose space that is familiar yet unknown. The artist keeps a modest studio practice around Phrakanong area in Bangkok, Thailand. Dusadee Huntrakul is a part of Singapore Biennale 2019.

Gregory Galligan, Ph.D., is an independent curator, art critic, educator, archivist, and consultant, his work spanning the globe from New York to Bangkok since the mid 1980s.   Galligan currently directs and curates THAI ART ARCHIVES™, an independent, non-profit platform for the study and preservation of Thailand’s progressive modern and contemporary art ephemera. He is a regular contributor to Art in America and ArtAsiaPacific magazines, and most recently, he has published a double book review on the contemporary writing of modernist art histories of Southeast Asia for Art in America (2019). He has also recently contributed to the upcoming anthologies A Companion to Curation (Wiley/Blackwell, 2019) and Visual Art Archives in Asia (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2020).