09 Oct 2021
The Future List is so excited to hear that one of our honorees for 2020, and our guest editor for The Futurist e-magazine Issue 2, Chomwan Weeraworawit, is one of the curators for Bangkok Art Biennale 2022 (BAB 2022), which will run from 22 October, 2022, through to 23 February, 2023, under the theme CHAOS : CALM.
Just to recap, BAB 2020 was one of the few international art events that went as planned despite the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic and local political unrest. The theme “Escape Routes” was related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030, but it could be applied equally to the current events of the time. Despite all odds – non-existent vaccines and a semi-lockdown – over 400,000 viewers experienced the art event on-site at various locations in Bangkok, with over 2.3 million viewers reached in virtual and online. Online viewers will remember Chomwan as joining Dr Apinan on virtual tours of the various event sites during BAB 2020, and providing insights into the various artists and art works.
The theme for BAB 2022 derives from the challenges that are looming in 2021-2022. Global threats not only include the pandemic and climate change but polarized world politics, racism and hate crimes. The art ecosystem itself has also been badly disrupted, with cancellations, postponement, delays, budget cuts and unemployment. The art sector has had to rise to the challenge, and those who can recover and reinvent themselves fastest will find innovative ways to survive.
BAB 2022 will surely reflect the binary opposite of chaos and calm, turbulence, trauma and angst, the fragility of life, environment detriment, politics and clashes in ideologies. And yet, despite all that, there are glimpses of hope and serendipity as human and nature slowly come to terms with survivalism, which comes with empathy and patience, not to mention humour.
The curators for BAB 2022 include Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, also the event’s artistic director, who has been in charge of the event since the start; Nigel Hurst, former chief executive of the Saatchi Gallery in London and director of contemporary arts of The Box museum in Plymouth; Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, an independent scholar and curator of Southeast Asian contemporary art; Jirat Ratthawongjirakul, the current director of Gallery VER and is one of the establishers of N22 art district, Bangkok; Chomwan Weeraworawit, who has a legal background and a PhD from King’s College London with a focus on intellectual property, and uses the legal basis of her training to work in a collaborative way with artists. The curators will be forming the core team of international artists who will be invited to exhibit at the event.
Advisors for BAB 2022 include Mami Kataoka, Director at Mori Art Museum, Japan & President of CiMAM; Dr. Yongwoo Lee, Professor, Shanghai University & former President of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation; Dr. Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator, Asian Arts, & Senior Advisor, Global Arts, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, NY; Dr. Eugene Tan, Director National Gallery Singapore & Singapore Art Museum; and Wang Chen, Deputy General Manager, The China Arts and Entertainment Group & Member of the Expert Committee, China National Art Foundation.