MICHAEL SHAOWANASAI
b. 1964, Pennsylvania, USA. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand.

Michael Shaowanasai is one of Thailand’s most socially and culturally engaged artists. With degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), he works across a broad spectrum of media including performance, photography, video, film, painting, and installation. Known for his iconic cross-dressing monk portrait of a man in habits, Shaowanasai is a versatile artist whose conceptual pieces, often text-based, are effective for their aesthetic brilliance and formal command.
ARTIST NEWS The Roving eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia
15 Sep 2014
THE ROVING EYE
Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia
Curated by Iola Lenzi
17 September 2014–4 January 2015

From 17 September on, ARTER will host a large curated exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary art for the first time in Turkey. Entitled “The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia” and curated by researcher and critic Iola Lenzi, the exhibition will present 40 works by 36 of Southeast Asia’s most innovative contemporary artists from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
As well as introducing forms, materials, conceptual methodologies, and aesthetic codes commonly featured in the artistic production of the region, the exhibition will offer critical insights into today’s regional culture and the many tensions cleaving the societies of Southeast Asia. In particular, The Roving Eye argues multiple points of view on self and society as a central canon of Southeast Asian contemporary art.
The Roving Eye will feature installations, videos, sound pieces, photography and performances, a number of which were especially commissioned for the exhibition. The exhibition will place particular emphasis on works that embrace experience, interactivity and participation.
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ARTIST'S NEWS CONCEPT CONTEXT CONTESTATION: ART AND THE COLLECTIVE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
16 Nov 2013
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) presents Concept Context Contestation: art and the collective in Southeast Asia, a new exhibition about conceptual approaches to making art for, with, and about the collective and collective issues in Southeast Asia.

The exhibition includes: Bui Cong Khanh, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Michael Shaowanasai, Prapat Jiwarangsan, Sutee Kunavichayanont and Vandy Rattana.
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ARTIST'S NEWS "SUBJECTIVE TRUTH" IN BLOUIN ARTINFO
01 Jun 2013
"Subjective Truth" Paints a Mixed Picture of Modern Thailand by Adeline Chua - Blouin Artinfo.
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ARTIST'S NEWS "SUBJECTIVE TRUTH, CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THAILAND'' PRESS IN ART RADAR ASIA
27 May 2013
Check out the "Subjective Truth, Contemporary Art from Thailand" in Art Radar Asia.
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