Penwadee N. Manont
Born in 1973, California, The United States of America. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. Penwadee was part of Curatorial Team at The Jim Thompson Art Center, during 2007-2012. She is currently an Independent Art Curator and a Cultural Worker. Her curatorial practices include Mekong Art & Culture Project: Curatorial and Traveling Exhibition in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam (2007-2008), Twist and Shout, an Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Forefront Japanese Contemporary Artists at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand (2009), Primitive by Apichatpong Weerasethakul at The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand (2011-2012), Poperomia/Golden Teardrop exhibition at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2013), the Research/Archiving Project titled The Exhibition History in Thailand from the 1970s to the Present for The Asian Culture Center (ACC), Institute of Asian Culture Development, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gwangju, South Korea (2015), Condemned To Be Free at WTF Gallery and The Enmeshed at the Art Centre Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2017).
For Bangkok city, creating an impact through urban media art is somewhat challenging, because the people’s visual perception in this big and flashy city seems to gear toward more of commercialized notion. However, in my opinion, only if the work of art can represent strong conceptual idea to dialog with current issues or strike on important matters effecting daily life, such urban media piece can achieve as a genuine public art work. Unfortunately, most of the works nowadays still cannot reach out to the point, but seem to only play the role as public decorations, somehow. Nonetheless, I still believe the good urban media artwork could ignite and have much more influence on the audience’s way of thinking than the ones in white cubes.