The work was part of Making Worlds, the central international exhibition curated by Daniel Birnbaum, who had also asked another Thai artist, Rirkrit Tiravanija, to conceive a library and reading room for the visitor centre. The 2004 winner of the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial award given out for achievement in contemporary art, Tiravanija is best known for his interactive projects and is considered a “father” of sorts for many young contemporary artists in Thailand.
Over the past 10 years, a number of contemporary Thai artists have been making a name for themselves around the world. For example, Sakarin Krue-On, who played a key role in setting up the media department at Bangkok’s Silpakorn University, famously planted a terraced rice field with a team of Thai farmers at 2007’s documenta, a reputable contemporary art exhibition that occurs every five years in Kassel, Germany.
But back home, artists and galleries feel they’re still not getting the support they need: that of a genuine collector base. Read more in Fah Thai magazine: fahthaimagazine.com/2010/01/01/arty-asia/