In a small room, in the back of a private home, a video installation presents six to ten Hong Kong and Thai artists, talking about their experiences with, and expectations of the arrival of the international art world. Juxtaposing these views, we aim to contribute to an urgent discussion on the positive and negative effects for artists of the entrance of international art world actors to existing art ecosystems. In the homely setting of ‘Cedric’s Room’, visitors watch the installation and are invited to have a conversation on this development in Thailand. Regular podcasts of discussions in the pavilion between invited guests are available on the supporting pavilion website.
Curatorial Statement แนวคดิ ในการจดั การทางศลิ ปะ
If we are to believe the hype, the dawn of Thai contemporary art is near. Soon, Bangkok will be put “on the international art map” and become “the next world- class art destination”. As if repeating such mantras automatically makes them true. And while Bangkok’s ascent into the international art world league seems on the cusp of happening, it never becomes quite clear what exactly ensues when the world comes crashing in.
A hungry bunch, international art professionals are always on the lookout for new markets to develop, and new places to appropriate. Providing opportunities on the one hand, they make art a means in service to other ends as well: for instance to brand cities on the global stage, to sell real estate or luxury goods, to envision certain images of the nation, or simply to make money on the market. Art and artists alike are caught in the middle.
Only a little while ago, in Hong Kong the situation was remarkably similar. Now the de facto centre of the commercial international art world in Asia, not even a decade ago this city’s dramatic development sounded like a far-fetched prophecy. Artists have seen how worlds collide and markers of success change, and were forced to redefine what it means to be an artist; experiences that form an interesting point of departure for an urgent discussion.
Coming soon to a city near you: the international contemporary art world system. Buckle up for the ride. And join our conversation.
Participating Artists รายชือ่ศลิปินทีเ่ขา้รว่ม:
The video installation presents a montage of interviews with selected Thai and Hong Kong artists; names to be confirmed after production.
Pavilion's Curator ภณั ฑารกั ษ์ของพาวลิ เลียน: Lara van Meeteren & Bart Wissink
Venue สถานทีจ่ ดั
The Parichat Apartment, Apartment 5A, 323 Nakhon Ratchasima Road, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, 10300, Thailand
1 July 2018 – 31 August 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2-6 pm; or by appointment (phone number to be confirmed)
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