“The essence of PhotoBangkok 2015 is first and foremost to enhance standard and collaborations in the photographic community and creative industries in Thailand,” said Piyatat Hemmatat, Director of PhotoBangkok 2015. “As we believe that our country is full of passionate creative artists with promising photographic capability and potential, it is inevitably now that all concerned parties come together to work hand in hand in creating an integrated platform that leads the works of Thailand’s photographers to an international stage.”
“PhotoBangkok works to becoming a sustainable foundation of photography network, offering educational and engaging alternatives to whoever seek for knowledge sharing and creative opportunities beyond boundaries.” The Director of the festival said, “We truly hope to be able to elevate the development of our creative community through generations. And in doing such, our tool is photography.”
Co-organised by PhotoBangkok 2015 and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), it is scheduled to take place from July 29 – October 4, 2015. With great collaborative supports from significant international cultural institutions, a number of galleries across Bangkok, and leading artists/photographers, the festival program has three core components: main exhibitions; gallery partner exhibitions; and educational program of workshops and talks.
Main Exhibitions: Photography Exhibitions, Installation and Slideshows
With an aim to enhance photographic arts appreciation and education among the public audience in Thailand, PhotoBangkok 2015 offers a diverse line-up of photo exhibitions and showcases created from months of researches achieved by national and international collaborations. Exchanges of cultural understanding and acknowledgements are crucial in the growth of long-term network building and providing global platforms for photography practitioners.
‘PAUSE’ curated by Ark Fongsmut: The contemporary Asian photography exhibition speaks of an essence in the art of process: “Pausing and learning before taking a photo.” Artworks
from neighboring countries in South East Asia are gathered here to offer explorations of arts
and culture, and artistic techniques in photography. A talk by the curator and participating artists will also be held.
'Forgotten Thai Rediscovering Masters of Photography’ curated by Manit Sriwanichpoom:
As a picture may speak of a thousand words, this exhibition by 7 Thai Master Photographers brings the audience into significant times in Thai cultural history. The masters include Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, M.L. Toy Chumsai, Liang Ewe, Saengjun Limlohakul,
Rong Wongsawan, S.H. Lim and Pornsak Sakdaenprai.
‘Kiosk’ curated by Nikan Wasinondh: A pop-up space exhibiting mixed media projects exploring ideas of visual interpretations and image making as a creative language. Bangkok-based artists are invited to shape and occupy the structure to present experimental works on photographic processes and methods of story telling.
Artists: Liam Morgan / Surachead Sinlapabunlang / François Langella & Jeff Gompertz.
‘German Photobook Award 2015’ by Goethe Institute: An annual showcase of an esteemed photography book award from Germany. 23 "gold" and "silver" titles from the categories "conceptual-artistic photo books", "history/theory of photography" and "Coffee Table Books" are selected and displayed on the 5th floor of BACC.
‘Subconscious’ by Street Photo Thailand: Selected works by leading Thai street photographers capturing moments of life on streets and sidewalks, while reflecting a sense of humor and curiosity, otherwise overlooked by the rush of urban living. A talk led by Street Photo Thailand will also be held to share thoughts and knowledge on their vision and photographic working methods.
‘RGB’ by Meeratchata Rujinarong and RMA Institute: RGB is an installation, room-sized camera obscura with built-in darkroom. Created to be a traveling installation, it offers a unique experience of what it is like to be inside a camera. Illustrating the wonder of light and a mechanic of a camera, participants experience the mechanics of a camera through instant image capture and negative printing.
‘LensCulture Awards 2015’ a slideshow Projection Project: A public showcase of contemporary photographs by 31 photographers across the world, selected by an international jury who reviewed work from 118 countries. This number of photographs is a series of tales, a sharing of photographic techniques and a remarkable reveal of what can be captured in just one frame.
Gallery Partner Exhibitions
PhotoBangkok 2015 gallery partner exhibitions truly represent the spirits of photography community in Bangkok and beyond. Each participating institution provides distinctive platforms for presentations of photography-related projects. For the festival, they collaborate closely with local and international artists, and oversea organisations to bring forth a global and diverse range of photography exhibitions to the city of Bangkok.
Exhibiting artists range widely from legendary international photography artists to upcoming and experimental artists, tackling various historical, cultural, societal and environmental themes. Names include Ralph Gibson, Patrick Brown, Ko Si-Chi, Serial Cut, Raul Gallego Abellan, Jose Enrique Soriano, Tawatchai Pattanaporn, Miti Ruangkritya, Latthapon Korkiatarkul, etc.
Exhibitions by gallery partners around Bangkok include Adler SubhashokGallery, Atta Gallery, Cho Why, Cloud Gallery, H Gallery, Hof Art, The Jam Factory, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Mahanakorn & 2 Magazine, NACC, Quince Eatery & Bar, RMA Institute, Serindia Gallery, Toot Yung, Whitespace and WTF.
Educational Programs: Talks, Workshops, Portfolio Review
PhotoBangkok 2015 talk program runs throughout the 2 months period spanning across critical topics covering historical, artistic and commercial realms of photography. Exhibition talks by curators and artists are held at various exhibiting venues to share insights of conceptual and production working methods. Topics on elements of producing and photography art collecting are also covered. A highlight of the program is the "International Photography Symposium" day: internationally recognised museum and festival curators from Japan, Germany and France are invited to give talks on photography developments and practices of their projects or countries. To name a few, speakers at the symposium include Hussein Farmani on ‘Economy of Photography’, Shane Suvikapakornkul on ‘Photobook Making’ and Michiko Kasahara on ‘Japanese Photographic Museum’,etc.
The best way to develop any artistic skill is learning through first hand experience and practice. Believing so, PhotoBangkok 2015 is keen to enhance photographic knowledge of those who care to learn with comprehensive workshops throughout the festival timeline. Programs include Professional Digital Printing by Epson Digital Darkroom Academy, learning camera mechanics with RGB installation, Photo Editing programs by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) with Kevin Lee, Photo Editing by Zhuang Wubin, and Alternative Printing by Goon Studio.
Exclusively in a Portfolio Review program, PhotoBangkok has brought together world’s renowned curators, directors, publishers and photo editors to review works by emerging artists and photographers. To name a few, the guest reviewers include Hossein Farmani (Lucie Foundation), Michiko Kasahara (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), and Shane Suvikapakornkul(Serindia Publications). It is truly a prime occasion for those with projects at advanced stages of development who are seeking national and international opportunities and connections.
PhotoBangkok is an international photography festival. Utilizing available resources concerning a growing photographic community and creative industries in Bangkok to their full potential by practices of knowledge sharing, cultural exchanging and collaborating through photography. It aims to establish sustainable platforms capable of offering alternatives and opportunities to the creative community and future generations. PhotoBangkok 2015 is its initial edition, which has earned great supports by many organisations including Government Saving Bank, PTTEP, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Hansar Bangkok, Epson, Advance Wireless Network Company,. Ltd. (AIS), Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Deesawat, Jet Airways, Kith & Kin, Delighted Solution, Bloom ProLab
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