Coming soon • เร็ว ๆ นี้

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We invite you to Cédric’s Room, a small room in the back of our home, which houses an immersive installation that combines sound by Hong Kong-based artist Cédric Maridet with video material, documenting stories of artists from Hong Kong and Thailand. Leung Chi Wo Warren, I-na Phuyuthanon, Yim Sui Fong, Mit Jai Inn, Samson Young, Him Lo, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Law Yuk-mui, Arin Rungjang, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, and wen yau share their experiences with the international art world system. By bringing together their views, we aim to contribute to the current urgent discussion on the possibilities and challenges for organising international connections that benefit the ‘local’ art infrastructure and restrict instrumentalised art practices.

Curatorial Statement

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If we are to believe the hype, the dawn of Thai contemporary art is near. Soon, Bangkok will be ‘on the international art map’ and become ‘the next world-class art destination’. As if repeating such mantras automatically makes them true. And while Thailand’s ascent into the international art world league apparently is on the cusp of happening, it never becomes quite clear what exactly ensues when the world comes crashing in, and who benefits when this happens.

Artists and art institutions have been actively seeking international con¬nections, as these stimulate encounters with other worldviews, thus helping to reveal and decentre hegemonial perceptions and acting as a basis for empowerment. Others, however, seek to establish international contacts in the service of different ends: for instance to brand cities on the global stage, to sell real estate or luxury goods, to reinforce dominant 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 would have sounded like a far-fetched prophecy. In Hong Kong and Thailand, artists see how worlds collide and markers of success change, and they are forced to redefine what it means to be an artist. How have they experienced their contacts with the international art world? And under which conditions can these be a force for good?

Coming soon to a city near you: the international contemporary art world system. Buckle up for the ride. And join the conversation.


Participating Artists

The immersive installation by Lara van Meeteren and Bart Wissink combines video material, documenting stories of artists from Hong Kong and Thailand, with sound by Hong Kong-based artist Cédric Maridet.
Hong Kong: Law Yuk-mui, Leung Chi Wo Warren, Him Lo, wen yau, Yim Sui Fong, and Samson Young.
Thailand: Mit Jai Inn, I-na Phuyuthanon, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Arin Rungjang, and Chulayarnnon Siriphol.


Pavilion by Lara van Meeteren & Bart Wissink
Socials, art design and more: Jordi van Meeteren
Pavilion assistant: June Phupasuk
Video editor: James Mak

Venue

Cédric’s Room
Apartment 5A, The Parichat Apartment, 323 Nakhon Ratchasima Road, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, 10300, Thailand
323 ถนนนครราชสีมา แขวง ดุสิต เขต ดุสิต กรุงเทพมหานคร 10300

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Opening Hours

5 July – 1 September 2018
Open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2-6PM; or by appointment.

Contact

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Acknowledgements

This pavilion is financially supported by the Urban Research Group at the Department of Public Policy of City University of Hong Kong.


We thank Warren Leung Chi Wo, I-na Phuyuthanon, Yim Sui Fong, Mit Jai Inn, Samson Young, Him Lo, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Law Yuk Mui, Arin Rungjang, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, wen yau, Eiji Sumi, Diana Jou, Nuria Krämer, Jessie Chang, Lee Anantawat, Liam Morgan, Jeff Gompertz, David Teh, Eric Booth, Pakchira Chartpanyawut, Nadim Abbas, Caroline Wuethrich, Suminta Supaphon, Ittinat Seeboonruang, Jennifer Ho, Thomas Menard, Richard Wood, Yip Ngai-ming, Anusara Tanpitak, Zhou Yilei and Trudy Chung for their endless support to this pavilion.