JAKKAI SIRIBUTR

Born in 1969. Lives and works on Bangkok, Thailand.

Jakkai Siributr is one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary artists working primarily in the textile medium. His fascination with textiles and embroidery began as a child in Bangkok, and he went on to study textile design in college and graduate school in the United States before returning to Thailand. He is noted for producing meticulously handmade tapestry and installation works that make powerful statements about religious, social, and political issues in contemporary Thailand. A main preoccupation of his art is the interaction of Buddhism and materialism in modern life, and the everyday popular culture of Thailand.

In 2011, Jakkai’s work was featured in the exhibition, Here / Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and in a major solo exhibition, Shroud, at the Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He was also a participating artist in the 2nd Chongqing Youth Biennial Art Exhibition (2011). In 2012, his work was seen in Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. Recent exhibitions include: DISPLACED the politics of ethnicity and religion in the art of Jakkai Siributr, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2017); Farewell: The Art Center’s Acknowledgments 1995-2016, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2016); and First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, (2015).

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