In collaboration with BRANDNEW 2019 Art Project, Nova Contemporary presents a first solo exhibition by Yanakorn Sinvatcharaporn. This year, BRANDNEW 2019 honorably invites Yap Sau Bin; Malaysian artist-curator and specialist, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, who had received awards by the National Art Gallery, Malaysia  and had exhibited on the international platforms in many countries.

Artist Statement | Yanakorn Sinvatcharaporn

I was born in Surat Thani.  I moved to Bangkok at the age of fourteen because of the selection for the school football player quota. But I first came here when I was twelve years old, and Bangkok at my first sight was lively and inspiring. I have lived with working and underclass people most of my time in Bangkok. My experience with them is interesting and it had been influential to my worldview. As a result, I start the journey to observe their multifaceted daily life.  The ordinary life of workers in Bangkok is the main theme of my art.  I engage with aspects of time, space, atmosphere, scent, flavor and tale. I feel at ease in interacting with them, their adaptations and identities in life.  Now, I am producing artworks that can connect with the ordinary objects in their life.  I search for the possibility and variation of art by presenting their objects and stories from that particular space.          

About the curator | Yap Sau Bin 

b. 1974, Kuala Lumpur

Yap Sau Bin received a degree in MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa, with SOAS Scholarship, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Fine Art from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, England. He is currently a specialist staff at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University in Malaysia. He is a member of Rumah Air Panas [RAP], a collective of multi-disciplinary artists group which aims to explore and coalesce visual arts and other cultural practices through collaboration in exhibition and project in Kuala Lumpur. He received awards in the Young Contemporaries Arts Award by the National Art Gallery, Malaysia in 2000 and 2002 and has participated at the JENESYS Residency program in Japan in 2008. His practice encompasses conceptual work, installation, mapping and curatorial project with RAP.

The MappingKLArtSpace mapping project on art spaces in the city had been featured in the 8th Havana Biennale in 2006; Migration Addicts in the 52nd Venice Biennale, and ShenZhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture in 2007; The Independence Project at Galeri Petronas in 2007 and Gertrude Art Space, Melbourne 2008. Other collaboration includes Wasteland Twinning Network in Berlin 2011; Operasi Cassava in the Media/Art Kitchen exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, 2013 and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in 2014. Recent curatorial project includes ‘ESCAPE from the SEA’ organised by the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur in 2017.
He was recently invited for a panelist of the Condition Report Project, MODE OF LIAISONS CURATOR FORUMS at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand in 2017.