ARTISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
MARINA ABRAMOVIC Yugoslavia
Expect more groundbreaking interactive art from this 71-year-old performance artist, who caught fame for her engaging Rhythm series in the 1970s. Her more recent MoMA retrospective included the 700-hour The Artist Is Present piece, where museum visitors were invited to sit facing Abramović and engage in silent interaction with her.
YAYOI KUSAMA Japan
Famous for her kaleidoscopic polka-dot graphics, Japanese Pop-art icon Yayoi Kusama will be bringing her muchphotographed pumpkin sculptures to the BAB, exhibiting outside Central World and Siam Paragon. “Unlike her other pumpkins, these are luminous; they will be continuously glowing,” Poshyananda says.
ELMGREEN & DRAGSET Denmark & Norway
This Berlin-based pair create dramatic installations: in 2005's Prada Marfa they built a Prada store in the middle of the Texan desert to reflect capitalism; and in 2016 built an ear-shaped swimming pool outside the Rockefeller Center in NYC, called Van Gogh’s Ear. They're planning an eight-meter-tall pool for the BAB, located by the East Asiatic Company building.
HERI DONO Indonesia
One of Indonesia's leading contemporary artists, this Yogyakarta-based painter combines imagery of wayang kulit (shadow puppets) and political and social references into his work, often criticizing corruption, military influence and the destruction of the environment. He is a veteran of 31 biennales, including Venice, Sydney and Shanghai.
ART LABOR Vietnam
This Saigon-based collective aims to explore cultural and social issues through a range of different mediums. Their long-term Jrai Dew Hammock Café project recreates a typical Vietnamese roadside café— think hammocks, traditional drip coffee, soaps on TV screens—and has been exhibited in Paris, Guangzhou, Warsaw and Seoul.
PATIPAT CHAIWITESH Thailand
With a background in textiles, this young artist experiments with weaving everyday objects into vibrant tapestries. For the BAB he'll portray the changing DNA of marine life in the Chao Phraya. “He is using the animals [in the art], dissecting them and using quite challenging and provocative images to show how they are affected by pollution,” Poshyananda says.
SAKARIN KRUE-ON Thailand
Thai culture is a theme in Sakarin Krue-On's art: he built a working rice terrace by the German Wilhelmshöhe Castle for “documenta 12,” and at the Venice Biennale in 2009 he made a satirical Thai tourism office. Krue-On is making a film for the BAB on the history of Wat Pho and Wat Arun, which will be shown on open-air screens at the temples at night.
JITSING SOMBOON Thailand
Known mostly for his work as Creative Director for Thai fashion brand Playhound, Bangkok-based Jitsing Somboon has dabbled in artistic projects, creating a rock-androll-themed hotel room in Chiang Mai's Art Mai Hotel. For the BAB he will be communicating faith through a costume installation at Wat Pho.