Streets of Thailand were crowded with students, activists, and artists to fight for the reform of the monarchy system and constitution in 2020. Thanom Chapakdee, as an art critic who was concerned about the future of the Thai contemporary art, shared with us what he had witnessed in the current protests and his action along with other artists to join the movement during the pandemic, as well as the impacts of the current democratic movement and COVID-19 on Thai art community.
Thanom Chapakdee is a lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand. He is also an independent art critic and artistic director of Khon Kaen Manifesto, a Thai regional contemporary art festival, and Wai Art, an alternative art space. His past experiences focus on the engagement of arts in the community. His research also involves visual art, contemporary asian art, art history and urban studies.
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