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Navin Rawanchaikul’s Social Research

by Anne Kirker

MASATO NAKAMURA, Navin Gallery Bangkok, 6-31 March 1995, (detail) from "An Aesthetics of Immaterialism" exhibition. Photograph courtesy Navin Gallery Bangkok.

Among those artists in Thailand who deliberately bypass the popular neo-traditional Buddhist art and imagery that conforms to an idealised national character, Navin Rawanchaikul is one of the youngest to attract attention. Aged in his mid-twenties, he has in the past few years proved extraordinarily adept at organising ambitious collaborative projects that interface directly with the community while also producing a number of more private…

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