Our guest curators LIR and Kittima Chareeprasit confirm their invitation to artists Maryanto (Yogyakarta) and Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (Bangkok) to participate in their ‘Pollination’ projects for 2020/2021!

Examining the impact of colonization and Capital on their respective human and non-human worlds, Pollination 2020 provokes particular localized artistic research and cultural phenomenon as key study for discursive gathering and eventual exhibition.

The Factory is excited to learn and collaborate with these masterminds! Watch this space for future announcements of activities taking place in Selasar Sunaryo (Bandung) and MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiang Mai) in 2020/2021. This third edition of ‘Pollination’ is organized by The Factory; co-sponsored by SAM Fund for Arts and Ecology (Indonesia) and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum (Thailand).

Pollination’ was initiated by The Factory in 2018, providing curators and artists in South East Asia the opportunity to co-produce and collaborate, to mutually benefit from this region’s private arts infrastructure – platforms recognizing the value of sharing (pollinating) their critical ideas and activities.

About the artists:

Maryanto creates evocative, black and white paintings, drawings, and installations that undermine the romantic language of traditional landscape painting to examine socio-political structures in the physical sites that he situates his works. Through fable-like and theatrical settings, these landscapes are subjected to the whim of colonizers and capitalists through technological development, industrialization, pollution of the land and exploitation of its natural resources. Maryanto graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art, Indonesia Institute of the Art, Yogyakarta in 2005, and completed a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2013. Recent notable exhibitions include ‘Permanent Osmosis’, LIR Space, Yogyakarta (2019, solo); ‘A Journey of Forking Paths’, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2019, solo); ‘On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants: 2nd Industrial Art Biennial’, Labin, Croatia (2018); ‘Behind the Terrain’, Koganei Art Spot Chateau, Tokyo (2018). Maryanto was born in Jakarta. He now lives and works in Yogyakarta.

Ruangsak Anuwatwimon is a Bangkok native and resident, driven and inspired by political issues and social situations that he has experienced in his own life. His artistic practice investigates the protagonist relationship humans have with the natural world. Employing diverse media which challenge the perimeters of what constitutes an ‘artwork’, Ruangsak’s conceptual projects explore the social, cultural, and moral grounds of human societies. Notable recent projects include ‘Monstrous Phenomenon’, 1Projects, Bangkok (2019, solo); ‘Temporal Topography: MAIIAM New Acquisitions from 2010 to Present’, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai (2019/2020); ‘Every Step in the Right Direction – Singapore Biennale’ 2019, Singapore (2019); ‘Post-Nature – A Museum as an Ecosystem: 11th Taipei Biennial’, Taipei (2018). In 2020, Ruangsak will participate in the Bangkok Art Biennale.