The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture Ministry of Culture (OCAC) and Nakorn Ratchasima Province in Thailand are delighted to announce the title and new exhibition periods of Thailand Biennale, Korat 2021, Butterflies Frolicking on the Mud: Engendering Sensible Capital. The biennale will be held from December 18, 2021 – March 31, 2022.
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Like many other biennales, the second Thailand Biennale, Korat, which has been undergoing adjustments amid the uncertain pandemic, has finally announced its new opening date. It will be held for almost five months, from December 18 to March 31, 2022.
Under the theme of detoxifying traditional capitalism (under the Capitalocene) and engendering new capital, the initial concept of the biennale was to have all the artists come and work with the locals to engender the potential cultural capital of the sites. The curators and artists collaborate with experts to activate the capital of nature, infrastructure, and institutions in an alternative way.
Although overseas artists were unable to come to Thailand and conduct on-
It has been a challenge to create site-
Looking at this process from now, it has been revealing an alternative way of realizing the biennale concept.
The venues, including eight projects for permanent installation, were scattered across 13 locations.
For instance, Sandra Cinto covers a promenade in the center of Korat city, which had been left unmaintained, with blue tiles utilizing images of “Vision of the Future” (Korat of the future) drawn in collaboration with local children for 170 meters.
Botanist Stefano Mancuso and PNAT install sensors in a giant banyan tree at a temple and connected it to a glass-
This spring, an event occurred that caused a stir in the local media in Korat. There was a massive outbreak of beautiful butterflies with white and yellow-
It is well known that butterflies paddle on the mud to detoxify and rehydrate. One of the reasons for this is that COVID-
We are trying to figure out what is going on around us now and what we can do in the uncertain future. It's like playing and struggling on a puddle of mud. It is a detox and a practice to engender new capital. The title Butterflies Frolicking on the Mud expresses our miserable but courageous state. It also indicates the “capital” of hope that emerges from the midst of anxiety and uncertainty.
—Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of Thailand Biennale, 2021, May 15, 2021
The butterflies were happily fluttering around in the mud in Korat, Thailand.
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