QAGOMA > What's On > Exhibitions > The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) > Artists > Navin RAWANCHAIKUL
Born 1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Fukuoka, Japan
Navin Rawanchaikul first showed at QAG in 1996 for 'The Second Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art'. His signature works are panoramic figurative paintings that draw on film posters and murals, although he has worked across media to create a rich universe of interconnected stories, people and communities. He recently celebrated 20 years of his art production company, Navin Production, which emphasises the collaborative and socially engaged possibilities of art. For this milestone he created new works that looked retrospectively at the many characters, places and communities that have been a part of his career. APT8 features a series of these new works, 'Tales of Navin 1–4' 2013-15, capturing the many guises of the artist throughout his career while contemplating life and death. Accompanying the series is a letter From Navin to Navin (January 2, 2015) 2015 Rawanchaikul has composed to himself that reflects on his relationships, love and death, including the loss of his mentor, pioneering Thai artist Montien Boonma and Rawanchaikul's trips to Australia to assist the late artist in the 1990s.