Photo of Professor Apinan Poshyananda

Photo of Professor Apinan PoshyanandaProfessor Apinan Poshyananda will deliver the Keir Foundation Lecture on the emergence of Thai contemporary art. This lecture will close the three-day Symposium Regions of the Contemporary: Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia, Saturday 5–Monday 7 November 2016, at the University of Melbourne.

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Date: Monday, 7 November 2016, 3-4pm
Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, University of Melbourne

Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda is former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Thailand. He is art historian, critic, artist and curator who has been involved in Venice Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, and Asia-Pacific Triennial. He was guest curator of Contemporary Art from Asia: Traditions/Tensions (New York, Vancouver, Perth, Taipei), Temple of the Mind (New York, San Francisco, Canberra), Asia-Pacific Triennial, Australian selection (Brisbane), Beyond Paradise (Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai), Heri Dono: Dancing Demons, Drunken Deities (Tokyo), Show Me Thai (Tokyo), Heroes and Holies (Limerick), Floating Chimera (Stockholm), Tout a fait Thai (Paris), Thai-Tanic (New York), Thai Transience (Singapore), Thai Trends (Bangkok), Thai Charisma (Bangkok), and Thailand Eye (London). Solo shows include Zhang Peili, Nobuyishi Araki, Yasumasa Morimura, and Marina Abramovic.

Prof Poshyananda is author of Modern Art in Thailand (Oxford University Press), Western-style Painting and Sculpture in the Royal Thai Court (Royal Household), Behind Thai Smile, Playing with Slippery Lubricants (Office of Contemporary Art and Culture). His new book Thai Trace, 1868-2016 will be published in 2017. Prof Poshyananda has been awarded 3 medals at National Exhibition of Art, Bangkok, Outstanding Researcher, National Research Council, Bangkok; first class Knight of Royal Order Polar Star by King Carl Gustav XVI; Knight of the Star of Italian Solidarity, government of Italy; Officer of the French Arts and Literature, government of France.

This lecture is the culmination of a three-day Symposium Regions of the Contemporary: Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia”, co-organised by Afterall, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. It will test ideas for forthcoming books in Afterall’s Exhibition Series, produced in collaboration with the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York. With thanks to the Keir Foundation for its support.

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