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Brian Curtin is an Irish-born art critic and educator. He was very active as a curator between 2007-18, mounting exhibitions internationally and managing the experimental venue H Project Space in Bangkok. Trained as an artist, Brian holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK, and his writings have been published in Art Journal, Artforum, Craft Research, Frieze, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Parachute, amongst others. His monograph Essential Desires: Contemporary Art in Thailand was published by Reaktion Books in 2021. Influenced by dialogues between queer theories, contemporary art, and critical inquiries into visual and material cultures, publications include studies of the art-historical marginalizing of ‘decoration’ and issues of national identity as a frame for recent art. His published profiles of artists include Paul Pfeiffer, Collier Schorr, Jakkai Siributr, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In 2018 Brian led Uncommon Pursuits: A Temporary School for Emergent Curators in Southeast Asia at Sàn Art, a non-profit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A regular consultant, commissions include Alphawood Foundation Chicago, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and De Gruyter publishers. Brian lectures on the International Programme in Communication Design (CommDe and CommMA) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok where he has lived since 2000.
(From press information. Image courtesy of Bangkok Art Biennale. Photo by Be Takerng Pattanopas)
24 October 2024 - 25 February 2025
Theme: Nurture Gaia
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