The Thailand Biennale, hosted in Korat, is titled Butterflies Frolicking on the Mud: Engendering Sensible Capital.
After the huge success of Thailand Biennale, Krabi 2018, in the year of 2021, Office of Contemporary Art and Culture Ministry of Culture (OCAC) has decided to hold the international contemporary Art Biennale again in Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima, the largest province in Thailand. In this upcoming edition, 54 artists from 26 countries and regions are participating from December 18th, 2021, to March 31st, 2022. Among them are the Brazilian artists Maxwell Alexandre, Eli Sudbrack and Sandra Cinto.
As written on the Biennale’s website, Korat is one of the most prosperous provinces of Thailand that has outstanding historical sites and richness of nature with the second largest population after Bangkok. In addition to serving as the entry point to the Isan region, Korat is also ideally located at the intersection of three cultural spheres: Thai, Khmer, and Lao. Thus, artists from many countries are invited to collaborate with local communities so that integration between history, art and culture are encouraged to create a new format of artworks and projects for the natural sites and public spaces around Korat City, Pak Chong and Pimai.
One of the initial leading goals of the Thailand Biennale is to invite artists to create site-specific works at the biennale venues to enhance the potential of the sites to be cultural capitals. Nevertheless, the Biennale was postponed several times due to the current pandemic. The preparation of the biennale has not been a smooth journey. In the process of numerous virtual research and communications, it was inevitable for many invited artists to change and revise their proposals. However, in each revision, they have come up with creative ideas on transforming this unfortunate situation into a positive experience in collaboration with local coordinators and communities around Korat City and Phimai District.
Butterflies Frolicking on the Mud: Engendering Sensible Capital
December 18, 2021 – March 31, 2022
Organizer: The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture (OCAC)
Artistic Director: Yuko Hasegawa
Co-curators: Tawatchai Somkong, Vipash Purichanont, and Seiha Kurosawa