Rirkrit Tiravanija is a well known contemporary artist. Like many people, his life has been a constant negotiation of cultures and languages and it’s this itinerancy that inspires much of his work. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada, he now lives between Thailand, Berlin and New York.
His work is difficult to categorise and in some ways the term ‘visual artist’ does not accurately represent him as his work often involves elements of perfomrance. As he says, ‘it is not what you see that is important but what takes place between people’. Tiravanija’s works tend to set the stage, to offer an opportunity or a possibility for interaction and participation. The talent he has for interaction while travelling between different cultures and customs has been transformed into an engaging art practice. He integrates the flux of his itinerant life into sedate museum and gallery spaces, effectively destroying the division between art and life.
Más Arte Más Acción invited Rirkrit to visit the Chocó Base in August 2012 as part of Global South Exchanges.
Loading more stuff…
Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?