Rirkrit Tiravanija’s recent turn to filmmaking has focused on complex investigations of the people who inhabit Tiravanija’s everyday life: artists, gallerists and Thai labourers. This series presents the artist’s film portraits featuring the poet John Giorno, the artist Karl Holmqvist and Lung Neaw, a retired rice farmer in a small village in the Northern Thai Province of Chiang Mai.
Rirkrit Tiravanija (born 1961, Buenos Aires) has presented major solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2010); Serpentine Gallery, London and Museé de la Ville de Paris (2005); Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen (2004); Chiang Mai University Art Museum (2004); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo (2002); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997). Tiravanija’s work has been recognised with numerous prestigious awards including the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucelia Artist Award, the Hugo Boss Prize from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004) and the 2010 Absolut Art Award. Tiravanija is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts at Columbia University, and is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also President of an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is part of a collective alternative space called VER located in Bangkok where he maintains his primary residence and studio. He lives in New York, Berlin and Bangkok.