Jakkai Siributr


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jakkai Siributr is one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary artists working primarily in the textile medium. His fascination with textiles and embroidery began as a child in Bangkok, and he went on to study textile design in college and graduate school in the United States before returning to Thailand. He is noted for producing meticulously handmade tapestry and installation works that make powerful statements about religious, social, and political issues in contemporary Thailand. A main preoccupation of his art is the interaction of Buddhism and materialism in modern life, and the everyday popular culture of Thailand.

Jakkai has received increasing critical attention since his 2008 solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art, Temple Fair, which was covered by such major publications as Time Magazine and the Financial Times. A highlight of 2009 was his participation as a featured artist in the 2009 Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, where his work was shown with noted artists from across Asia, such as Subodh Gupta and Xu Bing. A group exhibition in Thailand presented his works alongside those of multimedia artists from Thailand and India, and in the United States, his works were on exhibit in Miami and at the Rubin Museum in New York. Jakkai returned with a new show in the gallery in 2010. The exhibition, entitled Karma Cash & Carry, featured a new series of textile compositions alongside installation and video works. Alluding to the way contemporary Thai popular religion incorporates such practices as fortune telling and winning lottery number prediction, Jakkai organized the exhibition around his conception of a karmic convenience store, where merit can be bought and sold. He made use of found objects associated with bringing good fortune, integrating them into his elaborate compositions of Thai fabrics, embroidery, and hand stitched sequined work. Jakkai’s hand stitching is an incredibly detailed and time consuming process – which he likens to a meditative practice – and this limits his annual production to only a handful of works. He maintains a rigorous connection to traditional Thai craft techniques while making a strong commentary on contemporary issues. In 2014 Jakkai presented his third solo exhibition with the gallery, Transient Shelter. The exhibition featured a series of self-portrait photographs that had him “embodying” the elaborately embroidered and ornamented uniforms that were also part of the exhibition, along with a video work. The exhibition was a meditation on the transience of worldly success and the way the trappings of social status are often imbued with quasimystical associations that maintain a link with animistic beliefs. The works were subsequently featured in the group exhibition, The Roving Eye, at ARTER Space for Art in Istanbul, Turkey (2014-2015).

In 2011, Jakkai’s work was featured in the exhibition, Here / Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and in a major solo exhibition, Shroud, at the Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He was also a participating artist in the 2nd Chongqing Youth Biennial Art Exhibition (2011). In 2012, his work was seen in Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. Recent exhibitions include: DISPLACED the politics of ethnicity and religion in the art of Jakkai Siributr, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2017); Farewell: The Art Center’s Acknowledgments 1995-2016, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2016); and First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, (2015).

ArtReview Asia, Jakkai Siributr Displaced

June, 2017


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Hyperallergic, Following the Threads that Connect Clothing to Religious Persecution in Southeast Asia

May, 2017


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Bangkok Post, Relentlessly Restive

May, 2017


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Mekong Review, Dressing Up Stories

April, 2017


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Displaced: The politics of ethnicity and religion in the art of Jakkai Siributr, catalogue

April, 2017


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The Nation, Ethnicity in Art

March, 2017


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Art in America, The Fabric of Memory

November, 2014


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Bangkok Post, Sewn in

June, 2014


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The New York Times, Jakkai Siributr: ‘Transient Shelter’

May, 2014


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Art in America, Dueling Visions at Art Basel Hong Kong

May, 2014


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The Magazine Art Insight, Weaving Dissent

May, 2014


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m-est, Conversation: Jakkai Siributr and Elif Gül Tirben

March, 2014


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Surface Design, Jakkai Siributr

2014


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Bangkok Post, Needling, Thailand’s Looters

November, 2013


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Exploring the Cosmos

2013


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The Straits Times, A matter of life and death

December, 2012


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Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, Jakkai Siributr

2012


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Frieze, Jakkai Siributr: The Art Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

October, 2011


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The Examiner San Francisco, Modern ‘Buddha Presence’ at Asian Art Museum

September, 2011


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ARTnews – Critic’s Pick, Jakkai Siributr

June, 2011


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Treasures (Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Magazine), Here/Not Here

January, 2011


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Art in America, Bangkok Report

June, 2010


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Truly Truthful exhibition (Miami)

December, 2009


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2009 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan, Jakkai Siributr

October, 2009


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Conde Nast Traveler, Eat, Pray, Love: A Continent In Three Journeys

September, 2009


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Time Magazine, Southeast Asia’s Fresh Palette

December, 2008


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Buddhist Art News, Temple Fair: Jakkai Siributr at Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York)

November, 2008


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Dossier, Temple Fair: Jakkai Siributr at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

November, 2008


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Financial Times, South-eastern promise

October, 2008


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Fiber Arts, Jakkai Siributr: Strange Land

2006


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Asian Art News, Jakkai Siributr at the Intercontinental Hotel

2004


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Flavours: Thai Contemporary Art, Jakkai Siributr

2003


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