Jedsada Tangtrakulwong

Born in 1972, Bangkok, Thailand. Jedsada graduated with MFA in Fine Art with Distinction, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK (2006) and BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, U.S.A. (1999). Since 2005, Jedsada has been working with a focus in site-specific installation. His work often engaged with the integration of the architectural structures in the space, with an aim to encourage viewers to notice the unique qualities of architectural features, and initiate them to explore and appreciate the beauty of architectural details in other buildings. Jedsada’s work also often influenced by Isan (Northeast of Thailand) tradition and culture where he spent his time during 2006-2014.

Some of Jedsada selected solo exhibitions include Swing at Tadu Thaiyarnyon Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand (2014), Shatter at H Gallery Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014), Downfall at Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2013), Remove at Jamjuree Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2012), Passage at Tadu Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand (2007) etc. Jedsada also participated in several group exhibitions, recent group exhibitions include L’Archipel Secret (Secret Archipelago) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2015), Distance, Between the Journeys, TADU-Thaiyarnyon Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand (2015) Truth, Art Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2015) Growth: Behind The Scenes at Gallery No.9,11,13, Aly.59, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan (2014), Winter Open Studio at Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan (2014), Monologue Dialogue 3 Fragility and Monumentality at Bangkok art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2014), Walking A Tightrope at Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand, Mobility and Identity: RE-culture 1/Art In Progress at Argyri Market, Patras, Greece (2012), Utopia Project 2006-2010 at Institute of Contemporary Greek Art, Athens, Greece (2010) etc.

Artist Statement

“Since 2005, site-specific installation has become a main focus of my work. Most of my installations integrate with the architectural structures in the space, encouraging viewers to start noticing the unique qualities of architectural features and initiate them to explore and appreciate the beauty of architectural details in other buildings. Over the last four years (2011-2014), my installations are influenced by the local traditions and culture in Isan or Northeastern Thailand where I’d been living and working since 2006. In the process of making and installing the works, I usually worked as a team. I collaborated with artists, writers, engineers, fishermen, part-time workers, university and high school students. My works are changed and shaped by a group of people whom I collaborated with. In some of my installations, viewers have become an essential part of the installation.”

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