Jakkai Siributr: Everybody Wanna Be Happy
CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile), Tsuen Wan, HK
11.11.2023 – 13.02.2024
Jakkai Siributr, Two Thousand Eighteen, 2018 (Detail), Image courtesy: Jakkai Siributr
Jakkai Siributr: Everybody Wanna Be Happy is the first retrospective of Siributr’s artistic practice to take place outside of Thailand, spanning two decades of work with wall-hanging textiles and sculptural pieces, as well as a presentation of community initiatives conducted in Thailand and abroad. The exhibition promises a thought-provoking commentary on the pressing contemporary issues faced not only by Siributr’s home country but across the globe.
The exhibition promises to offer a unique and insightful retrospective of Siributr’s artistic journey, and to explore what brings happiness in a thought-provoking and engaging way. Through an investigation of the diverse and sometimes materialistic endeavours humans undertake in search of happiness, visitors are invited to reflect on the meaning of this elusive emotion through the two exhibitions.
Born and based in Bangkok, Siributr employs weaving and embroidery in his artworks to weave and stitch unofficial individual stories about conflict between religious and political beliefs, which are often overshadowed by grand narratives. Recently, he has conducted workshops and realised collaborative works with communities of stateless people in North Thailand for their voices can be heard.
Siributr participated in international exhibitions including Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2012), the 9th Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane (2018), and Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2022).