Gridthiya Gaweewong founded arts organization Project 304 in 1996, and is currently an artistic director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok. Her curatorial projects have addressed issues of social transformation confronting artists from Thailand and beyond since the Cold War. Gawewong has organized exhibitions and events including Politics of Fun at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2005), the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (1997–2007), and (with Rirkrit Tiravanija) Saigon Open City in Saigon, Vietnam (2006–2007).
Sittikorn Khawsa-ad, Far as Near, Everyday Experience, 2011. Jim Thompson Farm, Nakhon Ratchasima. From the Art on Farm initiative. Photo: Phahonchai Premjai
In her dissection of the contemporary art scene in Thailand, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art House, finds practitioners continuing to establish independent projects away from the expense and overcrowding Bangkok. More