Exhibition of Thai contemporary artists

Exhibition of Thai contemporary artists

Visions of Light
Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, Jiratchaya Pripwai and Trinnapat Chiasitthisak

Opening day Saturday 6 February 2021
6 February – 6 March 2021

Visions of Light presents new work by three Thai artists with a commitment to exploratory forms of drawing. Imhathai Suwatthanasilp works in dense black graphite to produce works with a deep black patterned surface reminiscent of her finely wrought sculptures made from human hair. Jiratchaya Pripwai’s fine linear approach suggests light, billowing forms that fold and collapse upon themselves. Trinnapat Chiasitthisak, trained as an architect, employs heavy ruled ink lines to define ambiguous architectural spaces. In seeking to create a larger space for reflection around drawing, the exhibition explores drawing as artistic expression, but also as innate language and potential in human beings. By the simple act of looking at a drawing one can see both inwards and outwards, immediately encountering the drawer’s relation to the world.

Haisang Javanalikhikara, curator and academic

Haisang Javanalikhikara is one of a new generation of young Thai curators. An artist’s daughter, she studied media arts, contemporary art and curatorial practice for five years in the UK. Returning to Bangkok she worked at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre from 2012-2018, while studying for her DFA from Chulalongkorn University. In 2019 she was appointed a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, where she’s a director of her faculty’s gallery and co-learning space CU Art4C, founder and editor-in-chief of the multimedia e-magazine Teleaesthetics (teleaesthetics.net) and currently developing the first Master of Arts in Curatorial Practice degree to be offered in Thailand.


Dr Elly Kent is the editor of the ASAA's blog, Asian Currents and the ANU's Southeast Asia blog, New Mandala. She has worked as a researcher, writer, translator, artist, teacher and intercultural professional over 20 years in academia and the arts in Indonesia and Australia. Elly gained a double degree in Asian Studies (Specialist Indonesia) and Visual Arts (Hons) and a PhD in the same fields from the Australian National University. She is the author of Artists and the People: Ideologies of Indonesian Art (2022) NUS Press, and co-editor (with Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner) of Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History (2022) ANU Press.

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