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Bangkok Art Biennale 2024 Announces Artist Lineup and Additional Venues|Tokyo Art Beat

Bangkok Art Biennale 2024 Announces Artist Lineup and Additional Venues|Tokyo Art Beat

Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB2024) brings 45 leading international artists to Thailand in nine venues across the city. The festival will take place from 24 October 2024 to 25 February 2025.

Guerreiro do Divino “Amor, Roma Talismano” 2023 (Still) Courtesy of the artist

This Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) returns in October with the fourth edition under the slogan Raise Gaia. The Bangkok Art Biennale, held in the Thai capital, was founded in 2017 with the mission of transforming Bangkok into a leading contemporary art destination in Southeast Asia. Taking over public spaces across the city, including temples and monuments, the biennale highlights the charm of the city, combining the cultural heritage of Rattanakosin with the urban planning of Bangkok. This year’s edition will take place from October 24, 2024 to February 25, 2025 and will present 45 leading artists in nine locations.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2024 Nurture Gaia – Main Visual Presentation

Biennial Theme: Raise Gaia, draws inspiration from the maternal figure of Mother Earth, symbolizing her historical expressions as a nurturer and giver of life in different cultures. Conceptually extending this, the Bangkok Art Biennale will explore important contemporary themes such as anthropology, collectivism, ecology, feminism and the politics of time and place. The “Gaia Hypothesis” posits that the Earth is a living organism that sustains life in organic and inorganic matter. Today, we are faced with urgent issues such as climate change, pandemics, war and human-induced environmental destruction. We are increasingly realizing that humanity faces critical challenges as an integral part of the Earth.

Adel Abdessemed “Die Taubenpost” 2021 Aluminum painted military green 254 x 590 x 290 cm (approx.) © Adel Abdessemed, Paris ADAGP
Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi “Spoon Made of Earth” 2009 Photo courtesy of Takuro Someya Contemporary Art and the artists

The Bangkok Art Biennale will present a diverse range of artworks, many of which will be exhibited for the first time, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, video works and installations by established and emerging artists and collectives such as: Adel Abdessemed (Algeria-France), Susan Collins (Great Britain), Chiara Camoni (Italy), Priyageetha Dia (Singapore), Warrior of God’s Love (Switzerland-Brazil), Louis Bourgeois (France), Camille Henrot (France-USA), Choi Jeong Hwa (South Korea), Chitra Ganesh (USA), Aki Inomata (Japan), Elmgreen and Dragset (Denmark and Norway), Isaac Chong Wai (Hong Kong-Berlin) and Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) and others.

Choi Jeong Hwa “Dandelion” 2018 Variable objects and steel Approx. 800 x 800 x 800 cm

The programme for the week of the opening will also include performances and symposia, including: Kira O’Reilly (Finland-Ireland), whose work explores the experiences of menopause, Amanda Coogan (Ireland), which shines a light on the marginalised sign language community representing a linguistic minority in the international arena.

In addition, Isaac Chong Wai will present a video installation that will be a representation of the ongoing investigation into collective bodies, Elmgreen and Dragset will present a philosophical sculpture and Choi Jeong Hwa will present a series of installations that will be exhibited in various locations during the biennale.

Amanda Coogan “Possession” 2022 Live performance installation in the Education Department of Hugh Lane Gallery, June 2022 Collaborators: Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and the South East
Isaac Chong Wai “Future Rehearsal: Police Exercise” 2018 Copyright: Isaac Chong Wai Image courtesy of M+, Blindspot Gallery, Zilberman Gallery and the artist

International artists also include those from Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Congo, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK and the US. In addition to the artists and collectives selected by the Bangkok Art Biennale curatorial team, the Biennale also presents selected candidates from the Open Call program, which runs from October to November 2023.

Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun

In the 2024 edition, the Bangkok Art Biennale will be enriched with three additional venues, including National Gallery of Thailand AND Siwamokhaphiman Hall (Bangkok National Museum)and returning places BAB box AND Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC). This year’s expansion of international artists and venues aims to enrich the event across the city and continues to shine a light on Southeast Asia’s vibrant art scene while bringing diverse international perspectives to the continent. The various locations also include heritage sites such as Temple of the Reclining Buddha and Temple of the Dawnthis Museum of Siamart galleries and new, sustainable development of the city, One Bangkok.

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

Bangkok Art Biennale “Nurture Gaia”
Schedule: October 24, 2024 – February 25, 2025
Venues: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), One Bangkok, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), BAB BOX, Temple of the Dawn or Wat Arun, Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho, Temple of the Iron Fences or Wat Prayoon, Museum Siam (National Discovery Museum Institute or NDMI), National Gallery of Thailand, Siwamokhaphiman Hall (National Museum Bangkok)
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