BAB 2018 represents an aspiration for Bangkok to be a major venue in the world of international contemporary art. With a strong collaboration from both the government and private sectors, the international art exhibition will take place at 20 venues across various well-known sites, including ancient temples along Bangkok’s principle river, the Chao Phraya River, historic architectural sites and iconic landmarks, and art and cultural institutions.
75 artists and groups from 34 countries (half of them from Thailand) are selected by international curatorial team.
Theme "Beyond Bliss"
Under the theme of Beyond Bliss, the artists are invited to create the art works under the concept and interpret the seemingly unattainable happiness in different ways. Creating the art piece at the historical, cultural and spiritual landmarks, representing the pursuit for happiness, both physical and mental, or finding the end of suffering. They also reflect social, political and environmental issues through the art works that have great impact to human happiness.
"We live in a present state of fear, protest and delusion. We invite our selected artists to comment on this lack of bliss. Which has been created due to political clashes, disease, pollution and migration. Bliss is a temporary and ephemeral experience, our artists will seek to interpret and capture different variants and intensity." said Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale.
Former Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Prof. Patrick D. Flores
Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines, and Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila
Dr. Adele Tan
Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore
Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs, Bangkok and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Assistant Prof. Wutigorn Kongka, Coordinator of Fine Arts Program, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
From press information.
Images on top: Huang Yong Ping on a site visit. Choi Jeong Hwa: Happy Happy Project. Kawita Vatanajyankur: Carrierleft Alex. Marina Abramović: The Method, 2018
© Courtesy of Bangkok Art Biennale