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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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