Jim Thompson Art Center Celebrate the inaugural exhibition of the new Jim Thompson Art Center
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Celebrate the inaugural exhibition of the new Jim Thompson Art Center

The Jim Thompson Art Center invites you to celebrate the inaugural exhibition of the new Jim Thompson Art Center on 27th of November 2021, from 4 - 9 PM. Our opening event is organized as part of the Galleries’ Nights Bangkok 2021 - Art is the solution, initiated by the French Embassy, Bangkok.

 

The opening programs are as following:

 

5.30 PM - A Trail at the End of the World by Dusadee Huntrakul
Artist’s tour of Jim Thompson House Museum Garden

 

6PM - Spinning Wheels by Kawita Vatanajyankur
Artist’s tour of Jim Thompson House Museum

 

7 PM - Future Tense: Imagining the Unknown Future, Contemplating the Cold War Past
Artists’ tour by Korean artist, Che Onejoon and Thai artists, Natthaphon Chaiworawat, Parinot Kunakornwong, Supapong Laodheerasiri, Vacharanont Sinvaravatn at the new Jim Thompson Art Center


Introduced by Gridthiya Gaweewong and Paweena Nekamanurak

 

Information about all shows

A Trail at the End of the World by Dusadee Huntrakul

In asking questions on how we can live with the “New Normal” in the midst of a global pandemic, Dusadee Huntrakul has installed his site-specific bronze sculpture project, A Trail at the End of the World, around the tropical gardens of the Jim Thompson House Museum, inviting guests to experience other lives among us and beyond. Inspired by Jim Thompson’s art collection, the architecture of the house and the Museum Garden, as well as Thompson’s mysterious disappearance while trekking in the Malaysian jungle in 1967, Huntrakul conjures up images of Thompson wandering along what he terms “the trail at the end of the world”. His other source of inspiration for this show is the book “The Mushroom at the End of the World; on the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins” by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, which creates connections between rare mushrooms, several marginalized communities, and the global capitalist network, amidst a global ecological catastrophe. The questions the artist raises resonate with our reality at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. It forces us to stop, pause and think even as we fight against this deadly pandemic. The site-specific bronze sculptures represent monuments of thoughts and possibilities of implementing strategies and action in the present for a more plausible future.

 

About the artist:
Dusadee Huntrakul was born in Bangkok in 1978 and earned his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. His works, mainly sculpture, drawings and more recently ceramics, are at the intersection of visual arts, archaeology, ecology and natural sciences.
He has participated in international exhibitions, including Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, K20 Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany (2021); Singapore Biennale, 2019; Every step is the right direction, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2019); Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); and Beneath the Moon, Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2014). Huntrakul currently lives and works in Bangkok.

This project is a collaboration between Jim Thompson House Museum, Jim Thompson Art Center and Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, with the support of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.

 

Spinning Wheels by Kawita Vatanajyankur

In Spinning Wheels, Kawita Vatanajyankur references the tasks undertaken by physical laborers in the textiles industry. In the work, she transforms herself into a hybrid of machine and organism, like a cyborg, and puts her body into arduous positions with repetitive motions. These actions are performed in quasi-nude form and set against a hyper-colored painterly backdrop. The constant motion signifies the territories of production and reproduction in a materialistic world - consumerism. In her work, her body becomes a site of tension for the struggle of human existence against becoming a simple cog in a machine. Her meditative approach shows, for instance, a laborer’s hardship yet at the same time shows the endurance and unwavering resilience against it. It also indicates that dualistic relationships of public and private, pain and joy, mechanism and self-enlightenment, resistance and acceptance can be physically manifested. Her performative oscillation between human and machine is suggestive of the possibility of human transformation and evolution. The site-specific and historical space of the Jim Thompson House Museum enables a contextual exploration of themes prevalent in her practice, including materialism, labor issues, feminism, humanity and machines.

 

About the artist:
Kawita Vatanajyankur was born in Bangkok in 1987 and earned her BA from RMIT University in 2011. Known for her videos and performances, Vatanajyankur believes art serves as a voice for the neglected and the marginalised. Her works have been exhibited at Singapore Art Museum, Dunedin Art Museum, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, and MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art (Bangkok). She currently lives and works in Bangkok.

This project is a collaboration between Jim Thompson House Museum, Jim Thompson Art Center and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok, with the support of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation. The artist wishes to thank 100 Tonson Gallery and Ban Sri Yan.

Future Tense: Imagining the Unknown Future, Contemplating the Cold War Past

Future Tense is the inaugural exhibition of the new Jim Thompson Art Center (JTAC) and is being held to celebrate the completion of the new building, which has been under construction since 2018. The 14 participating artists present works that deal with the aftermath of the Cold War, the remnants of which still resonate today. It is also reflexive in the sense that the artists have considered their own beliefs, judgments and artistic practices during the research process. The artists work in a variety of media, such as photography, video, media art, installation and text-based works. Future Tense is about moving towards an uncertain future, a destination that we cannot reach without revisiting the past, contemplating the present and imagining the unknown future.

 

The Cold War was an important period in global history; it was at this critical time that the American military officer, James H.W. Thompson started his new life in Thailand after being discharged from the army at the end of World War II. Thompson later settled in Bangkok where he established the world-famous Thai Silk Company Limited and built a compound of traditional Thai houses to display his remarkable Southeast Asian art collection. Future Tense contemplates this period of history in Thailand as a departure point, and situates it within the regional and global context.

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Che Onejoon, South Korea, Chu Hao Pei, Singapore, Cristian Tablazon, Philippines, Elmedin Zunic, Bosnia/Norway, Francisco Camacho Herrera, Columbia/Netherlands, Heman Chong, Singapore, Hui Ye, China/Austria, Juan Michael Escalante, Mexico/USA, Natthaphon Chaiworawat, Thailand, Parinot Kunakornwong, Thailand, Shake, Taiwan, Supapong Laodheerasiri, Thailand, Vacharanont Sinvaravatn, Thailand, and Wolfgang Bellwinkel, Germany

 

SELECTED BY
Selection Committee Members
Arin Rungjang, Artist and Lecturer, Thailand
Grace Samboh, Curator and Researcher, Indonesia
Kathleen Ditzig, Curator and Researcher, Singapore
Lyno Vuth, Curator and Founder of Sa Sa Art Projects, Cambodia

 

FACILITATED BY
Gridthiya Gaweewong, Curator, Thailand
David Teh, Art Critic and Curator, Singapore

FUTURE TENSE is made possible by the generous support of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation, Mondrian Fund (Netherlands), DC Collection, Sony (Thailand), Goethe Institut (Bangkok), Samsung (Thailand), and Supernormal Studio.

 

All exhibitions will open until 28 February 2022


Opening hours:
EVERY DAY From 10 – 6 PM, Except Tuesday

 

Admission Fee:
50 THB (JTAC ONLY)
200 THB (JT HOUSE + JTAC)
Free for members and students under 10 years old
Group visit by advance reservation only

 

All programs are free of charges for Galleries' Nights event on 27 November, 4 - 9 PM

For more information, interview appointments, group visit enquiries and memberships,
Please contact us at: jimthompsonartcenter@gmail.com or artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com.

 

COVID-19 prevention measures will still be imposed, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Your kind understanding and cooperation would be highly appreciated.

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