Manipa Jayawan (Curator)
Born and living in Bangkok. Manipa graduated from Bachelor of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand to be a product designer at Mae Fah Luang Foundation, under Royal Patronage. Then she changed her direction to study a Master of Contemporary Curatorial Practice, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham, England. She came back to Thailand to continue her practices for an independent curator and art writer before she became a chairperson of Bangkok University Gallery. She has merged her backgrounds in design and contemporary art through an exploration and a concern of appreciation on livelihoods as a tool to intervene art into an urban life.
Her first curatorial practices started from “I have a dream” (December, 2006), a co-curated project which explores the ideas of Utopia and the possibility of realising a perfect society as the model village of Bournville where it was set for Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Birmingham, England. 'Come & Gone: Design for Change' (September, 2007) is an exhibition that records therecent dialogues and discussions on creating a sense of community. The project centres on urban intervention using public art to explore future visions and a realisation of being a community along Old Snow Hill canal area between St. Paul's Square and Snow Hill Queensway.
By then when she came back to Thailand, she was in charge of the activity programs of "New Ecologies" (February, 2008) at Sheraton Beach Hotel in Pattaya. "ThaiYo" (March, 2009) a co-curated project aims to emphasize on cultural exchanges between Japan & Thailand via the works of Thai artists and designers which somehow are related to Japanese culture. The exhibition showed at Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre. Recently, "Villa in the Slums" (October, 2013) is an experimental neighborhood project that brings the artists’ work in the subspace of Bangkok University Gallery and overlaps it with the institutions’ primary functions with the surrounding community of Klong Toey’s slums. To creating a dialogue between the audience and the people of the community long since separated by a cultural decide.
Ni Kun (Curator/Art writer)
Born and raised in Hunan and living in Chongqing, Ni Kun is an artist and the co-founder of the non-profit organization Organhaus Art Space. The art interaction in the background of rapid urbanization in China and globalization is his concern, which he uses as tools to reflect the circumstance by developing series of experimental art practices refer to "City and Reconstruction".
Recently his curating works include: Forum: "Under-Construction/Reconstruction as the “Imagination” of Social Practice: Projects on Social Art Practice by Artists in Asia" (The Rockbund Museum; Curator); 6-week thematic studies in Fukuoka Art Museum as a researcher; Daily Farm: Video Art Exhibition on the New Silk Road 2014 (Sinkiang Contemporary Art Museum; September 2014, Curator); "Play City: Sm-art C&V" Forum (April 2015)
Keiichi Miyagawa (Curator/Artist)
Miyagawa has been running an artist-run-space called GALLERY SOAP since 1997 in Kitakyushu, Japan and has organized many curatorial projects and music events including The Kitakyushu Biennial, co-curated with Takuji Kogo, he is also running an online-based candy factory project internationally, and Yoshitaka Mouri, sociologist, an associate professor of Tokyo University of Arts, and has been organizing another project called “HOTEL ASIA” started in Kitkayushu 2011. And he also have curated solo show of following artists: Dan Graham (USA), Peter Halley (USA), Philip Horst (Germany), Federico Baronello (Italy), Jesper Alvaer (Norway), candy factory (Japan), Hiroshi Fuji (Japan) and so forth.
Keiichi Miyagawa is also a member of an artist collective named SECOND PLANET. His works have been presented at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong 2014, The Kitakyusuh Biennial 2013, The Taegu Photo Biennial 2012, ZK/U Berlin 2012, Hotel Asia Project at Organhaus Chongqing 2012, Maebashi Media Festival 2012, International Curators Forum YOKOHAMA 2011.