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2018 Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok: Public Symposium

Oct 28, 2018
12–5 pm

Bangkok, Thailand
James H W Thompson Foundation

Ayara Hall, 2nd Fl,
Jim Thompson House Museum
6 Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road Phatumwan, Bangkok

This day-long symposium concludes the inaugural ICI Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok. The panel discussion will addresses the question of "Why Curators?" thinking through the need for curatorial work today, it's effects on artists and cultures. The Curatorial Intensive Sessions provide a platform for each of the 2018 Bangkok CI participants to present the project they have been developing over the course of the program. These will be presented in small groups, reflecting the intimacy of the intensive and briefly discussed.

Symposium Schedule

12:00pm-12:15pm Welcome remarks
Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok
Professor Dr. Bussakorn Binson, Dean of Faculty of Fine and Applied Art, Chulalongkorn University

12:15pm-1:15pm Panel Discussion
Ellie Buttrose, Associate Curator of Contemporary International Art at the Queensland Art Gallery
Mari Spirito, Founding Director, Protocinema, Istanbul
Amanda Parmer, Director of Programs, ICI

1:15pm-1:30pm Curatorial Intensive Opening remarks
Amanda Parmer, Director of Programs, ICI
1:30pm-3:00pm Sessions 1 & 2
3:00pm-3:30pm Refreshments
3:30pm-5:00pm Sessions 3 & 4

The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program which brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please click here for more details.

Participants include: Pojai Akratanakul (Bangkok, Thailand), Latifa Al Khalifa (West Riffa, Bahrain), Jia-Zhen Tsai (Singapore), Abhijan Gupta (Bangkok, Thailand), Shih-yu Hsu (Tai Pei, Taiwan), Melissa Karmen Lee (Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong), Jimin Lee (Seoul, South Korea), Lila Nazemian (New York, USA), Emilia Quiñones-Otal (Caguas, Puerto Rico), Arham Rahman (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Ulya Soley (Istanbul, Turkey), Randel C. Urbano (Quezon City, Philippines), Wilson Yeung Chun Wai (Melbourne, Australia)

For more information, please contact
Tel: 02 612 6741
Venue: Ayara Hall, 2nd Fl, Jim Thompson House Museum
Access : Kasemsan Soi 2 (BTS. National Stadium)

Mari Spirito

Mari Spirito is Executive Director and Curator of Protocinema, a cross-cultural, site-aware art organization commissioning and presenting exhibitions and public programs in Istanbul and New York, since 2011.

Gridthiya Gaweewong

Gridthiya Gaweewong founded arts organization Project 304 in 1996, and is currently Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok.

Ellie Buttrose

Ellie Buttrose is Associate Curator of Contemporary International Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane-Meanjin, Australia, serving on the curatorial team for ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (2018).

Amanda Parmer

Amanda Parmer is a writer and curator, and formerly the Director of Programs at Independent Curators International.

Abhijan Toto

Abhijan Toto is a curator and writer, interested in ecosophy, indisciplinary research, labour and finance, based in Bangkok and Seoul.

Arham Rahman

Arham Rahman is an Indonesian curator and visual art researcher who lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Cheng Jia Yun

Cheng Jia Yun is an Assistant Curator with the National Gallery Singapore, with a strong interest in understanding how artistic, institutional and societal agency intersect to produce art in post-war Southeast Asia.

Emilia Quiñones-Otal

Emilia Quiñones-Otal was born in 1986 in Mayagüez Puerto Rico and lives and works between Mayagüez and San Juan Puerto Rico.

Jimin Lee

Jimin Lee studied Statistics and Curatorial Theory, and has worked at Seoul Museum of Art as a curator based in Seoul, South Korea.

Latifa Al Khalifa

Latifa Al Khalifa is a researcher, writer and curator who found her passion for the arts by combing through the galleries and museums of London, whilst carrying out her MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London.

Lila Nazemian

Lila Nazemian (she/her) is an independent curator and the Special Projects Curator at ArteEast in New York.

Melissa Karmen Lee

Dr. Melissa Karmen Lee (Ph.D) 李林嘉敏 currently holds the appointment of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Chinese Canadian Museum, in British Columbia, Vancouver.

Pojai Akratanakul

Pojai Akratanakul is a curator based in Bangkok, Thailand, and appointed curator for Bangkok Art Biennale 2024: Nurture Gaia.

Randel C. Urbano

Randel C. Urbano (b. 1983) is a museum and cultural relations professional based in Manila.

Shih-yu Hsu

Shih-yu Hsu studied Communication Engineering and Visual Art Administration at National Central University in Taiwan and New york University.

Ulya Soley

Ulya Soley works at Pera Museum as a project manager and contributes to the Museum’s exhibitions and publications as a curator and editor.

Wilson Yeung Chun Wai

Wilson Yeung Chun Wai is an independent curator and artist.

The public symposium is partially supported by JHW Thompson Foundation and DC Collection.