The Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) and the Sunpride Foundation present SPECTROSYNTHESIS II – Exposure to Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia until March 1st, 2019.
The exhibition, which explores the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer creation in Southeast Asia and beyond, opened last November at the BACC (Center for Art and Culture of Bangkok), offering spectacular works created by more than 50 artists from various countries of Southeast Asia. BACC’s Director Pawit Mahasarinand added that, besides this exhibition, the art center also organizes film screenings, live performances and international symposia on gender issues as well as other awareness programs. The exhibition was met withgreat success for its first edition in Taiwan in 2017, so the Hong Kong-based organizer of the Sunpride Foundation chose Bangkok as a second step.
“Bangkok is my second home and Thailand is the most friendly LGBT country in Asia and the most liberal country,” said Patrick Sun, founder of the Sunpride Foundation. Indeed, the Thai government recently announced a new bill supporting same-sex civil partnerships in Thailand. Spectrosynthesis II relies on a myriad of Asian artists hailing from numerouscountries. The lineup includessuch artists as: Sornchai Phongsa, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Arin Rungjang and Jakkai Siributr (Thailand), Sunil Gupta, Balbir Krishan (India), Ren Hang (China), Samson Young (Hong Kong), Mario Nithiyendran (Sri Lanka), Lionel Wendt Anne Samat (Malaysia), Dinh Q. Lê and Danh Vō (Vietnam), Maria Taniguchi (Philippines) and Ming Wong from Singapore to name a few.
Since the first edition of Spectrosynthesis in Taiwan in 2017, Sunpride Founder Patrick Sun said he has seen more work on LGBTQ identities and issues in the Asian art market: “In Taiwan, moreover, young gay artists paint more freely. It is heartening to see that artists are more inclined to express themselves, and that a more enthusiastic market is ready to accept these works. Overall, we are thrilled to see – and this is a goal the Sunpride Foundation is aiming for – artists who are now more willing to express themselves freely and be who they are. This makes our work useful. “
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