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22 October 2022 – 23 February 2023
Theme: CHAOS : CALM
Chief Executive & Artistic Director:
Art Manager: Wutigorn Kongka
The third edition of the Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) will take place at various locations across the city as well as BAB Virtual Venue.
It will be presented under the theme CHAOS : CALM, reflecting the unpredictable conditions that the world has endured over the past few years, from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change and socio-political unrest. The 2022 edition will invite international and Thai artists whose works reflect the turbulence, trauma and angst experienced by many during these times. The past few years may prove to be a critical turning point in human history. In Ancient Greek mythology, Chaos refers to the void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos. From this state of uncertainty, the Biennale hopes to present diverse perspectives that offer new possibilities for hope and coexistence in the future.
The first twenty artists have already been announced. Selected by BAB 2022's curatorial team, participating artists and collectives range from the emerging to the established, with representation from across Thailand, Asia, Europe, Oceania and America: Marina Abramović, Jake and Dinos Chapman aka "the Chapman Brothers", Jarasporn Chumsri, Tiffany Chung, Jitish Kallat, Kimsooja, Rachel Kneebone, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nawin Nuthong, Be Takerng Pattanopas, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, Alwin Reamillo, Arin Rungjang, Pinaree Sanpitak, Chiharu Shiota, Wantanee Siripattananuntakul, Myrtille Tibayrenc, Uninspired by Current Events, Xu Zhen, and Kennedy Yanko.
"Art is a path of hope in this chaotic world. We hope to find happiness and power through art at the Bangkok Art Biennale," comments BAB 2022 artist Marina Abramović, who returns to BAB for the third time.
"Seeking a sense of calm in the midst of turmoil is a journey that offers knowledge and opportunity. Experiences of stillness and tranquility can still be found in this post-pandemic world of seeming upheaval. The Bangkok Art Biennale invites artists to explore the dichotomy of CHAOS : CALM and express the nuanced tension between these two concepts that are seemingly at odds, yet continue to coexist in our daily lives," says Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Bangkok Art Biennale.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
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Since its inaugural edition, the Bangkok Art Biennale has continued to push boundaries and make art accessible to the public at sites across the capital city. At BAB 2022, visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition throughout the urban area at venues including: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), as well as experience contemporary art in traditional heritage sites including Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan (Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho), Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun), Wat Prayurawongsawat Worawihan (Temple of Iron Fences or Wat Prayoon), and Museum Siam: Discovery Museum, a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Thai people.
The 2022 edition will also launch the BAB Virtual Venue as a new venue edition, which will showcase a number of innovative artworks specifically created for the digital realm. In the post-pandemic world, technology has been a critically important tool to support accessibility in contemporary art and the creative industries, while also offering artists new mediums to create and share their work. Moreover, BAB 2022 will continue presenting its rich digital programme of talks, symposiums, live performances and virtual walkthroughs to allow the international community to engage with the Biennale online.
Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan (Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho), one of the venues
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© Cover image on top: Bangkok Art Biennale 2022
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