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Abhijan Toto is a curator and writer, interested in ecosophy, indisciplinary research, labour and finance, based in Bangkok and Seoul. In 2018, he co-founded the Forest Curriculum with Pujita Guha, a multi-platform project for research and mutual co-learning around the naturecultures of the forested belts of South and Southeast Asia. He is the Artistic Director of A House In Many Parts, a multi-disciplinary festival in Bangkok, supported by the Goethe-Institut and French Embassy, which he founded in 2020. He is also curator, with Mari Spirito of A Few In Many Places (2021), Seoul, Bangkok, Istanbul, New York, San Juan, Guatemala City, a platform for international collaboration and collective practice, conceived by Protocinema. He has previously worked with the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; Bellas Artes Projects, Manila and Bataan, the Philippines; Council, Paris; and Asia Art Archive. Selected recent exhibitions include In The Forest, Even The Air Breathes, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2020); Minor Infelicities, Ujeongkuk, Seoul, South Korea (2020); Southern Constellations, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (2019); The Exhaustion Project: There Is Still Work To Be Done, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2018). He has participated in residencies at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; HSLU-University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Luzern, Switzerland and guest lectured at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; the Sanderg Instituut, Amsterdam, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Monash University, Melbourne among others and is part of the steering committee of the Artist-for-Artist Program. He is a contributor to collective research initiatives such as ‘A Glossary of Common Knowledge’, MG+MSUM (2021) and ‘Under the Mango Tree’, the slow institute (2020). He was awarded the 2019 Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi X, at the GAMeC, Bergamo.
Watch Now! An online conversation between curators Mari Spirito (Curatorial Intensive Alumna Inhotim ‘12) and Abhijan Toto (Curatorial Intensive Alumnus Bangkok ‘18), where the two discussed collective forms of engagement, beyond only the exhibitionary, as ways to reduce cultural consumption and extraction.read more »
Notes for Tomorrow is a new exhibition conceived by ICI, featuring artworks selected by alumni of the Curatorial Intensive from around the world to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic.read more »
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2018 Bangkok program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »
ICI presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University to coincide with the launch of its international postgraduate program in Curatorial Practice, and with the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.read more »