17 Apr Galleries’ Night, Wheels of Style
ART AT HEART
Wheels of Style
17 April 2018
First launched in Thailand in 2013 and inspired by “La Nuit Blanche” (The White Night of Paris), Galleries’ Night has become a highlight of the cultural season, bringing together an ever larger audience, including Latitudes’ team.
For the fifth time, Galleries’ Night has invited art lovers and curious people to visit 62 galleries in Bangkok, on Silom/Riverside the night of Friday 9th February, and on Sukhumvit the night of Saturday 10th.
“Galleries’ Night is a network,” explains Fabian Forni, the Counsellor for Cooperation and Culture at the Embassy of France, leading the event, “a network that needs to be maintained and enriched. France’s main contribution resides in cultural engineering: we support these galleries, which keep tight control over their own curating, by encouraging them to work together and hold a dialog. We’re currently working with Dr. Apinan so that the upcoming edition will be included into the Bangkok Art Biennale, of which he is the artistic director. Actually, what he finds most interesting is this network we’ve managed to build in Bangkok and how audiences intermix during Galleries’ Night.”
Right after a very successful launch party at the new French St restaurant, in OP Garden, the artonauts took on a journey from one gallery to another, making good and “sanuk” use of the 30 dedicated tuk-tuks travelling through speci c routes, entertained by a special project: a mobile gallery created by Liv_id.
Balancing by advance the potential gaps of its cultural baggage with a few kilos of photographic equipment and enthusiastic curiosity, the Latitudes’ team set off in a tuk-tuk with the best guides possible: Fabian Forni, the “COCAC”, and Vanessa Silvy, the Cultural Attaché, who are tirelessly working with the whole cultural department of the Embassy of France to create the event.
First stop: Adler, then we lost track of time and space of this imbalanced and subjective compendium to follow, a memory of brief encounters in funny places, and which has a single
real merit: this is the first time that the works and galleries mentioned will be featured in Latitudes!
Being recently moved into Charoen Khrung Soi 45, the new version of the Adler Gallery presented Persona by Sophie Badens, a set of visual poems that seemed to invite spectators to have pleasure without hindrance, alongside the work of Attasit Pokpong. “I really like this artist,” says Fabian. “I’ve been following his work for a while, and I’m thrilled that he’s beginning to go well beyond Asia.”
Also very much noticed by our crew during these artistic travels was “To Reminisce” by Chavaponn Maneesutham, a superb photography exhibit themed on minerals and the living things, put on by Case Space Revolution, a still little-known gallery located above the organic restaurant Broccoli Revolution in Sukhumvit.
Subbhashock Art Center, well-known for its work to scout and support artists, and which has also just opened a residence in Chiang Mai, has gained a lot of attention. Here, the Latitudes’ team, led by Arnaud Nazare-Aga, discovered the unsettling work of Chatsayarot Inkupchan, Li(n)es Beneath, featured on the cover of this issue.
Another work has also attracted a lot of attention: an installation/ exhibit that emanates incredible strength, Inspiro by Surapong Sudasna Na Ayudhya. The artist lived for nearly one year amongst builders, whom he transformed beautifully in his paintings as sorts of modern heroes.
At Kathmandu Photo Gallery, stronghold of famous photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom: Narrative of Monuments, with Kata Sangkhae’s photographs of the Democracy Monument, may inspire hope or despair according to the viewer’s interpretation, in the Thai context of waiting for the return to democracy. “I love this gallery, and I really like Manit,” says Fabian. “He’s someone who hands over. He’s considered as one of the fathers of photography in Thailand, and he gives a lot of support to the new generation.”
Finally, we’ll give a special mention to the highly conceptual exhibit by François Roche, New-territories, which was being organized on- site by the TARS Gallery at the New T Warehouse. “I was really impressed by ‘a-ni-Male farm robotic debt,’ an installation showing the relationship between a robot and a courtesan, and overall, the very meaningful work of this artist,” says Fabian.