Navin Rawanchaikul, ‘Where Is Navin’, 2007, Galerie Antoinette

About Navin Rawanchaikul

Since 1994, upon founding his own artistic production company, leading Thai contemporary artist Navin Rawanchaikul has been working to bridge the divide between art and life in his wide-ranging projects. His works, as he writes, “rely heavily on team spirit and collaboration,” and include performances, films, public art projects, comic books, merchandise, and a “political party,” whose platform is to connect people named Navin worldwide. Such tongue-in-cheek projects stem from Rawanchaikul’s discontent with what he sees as the insularity of the art world. He wants to transform art into a product for mass consumption, without compromising its integrity. This democratic goal catalyzed the experiment that launched his career, “Navin Gallery Bangkok” (begun 1995), a taxicab-cum-gallery that surprised unsuspecting riders with a mobile art experience, and that models a vastly more generous system for distributing and presenting works of art.

Thai, b. 1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand, based in Fukuoka, Japan