Jakkai Siributr


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jakkai Siributr is one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary artists working primarily in the textile medium.  His fascination with textiles and embroidery began as a child in Bangkok, and he went on to study textile design in college and graduate school in the United States before returning to Thailand.  He is noted for producing meticulously handmade tapestry and installation works that make powerful statements about religious, social, and political issues in contemporary Thailand.  A main preoccupation of his art is the interaction of Buddhism and materialism in modern life, and the everyday popular culture of Thailand.

Jakkai has received increasing critical attention since his 2008 solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art, Temple Fair, which was covered by such major publications as Time Magazine and the Financial Times. A highlight of 2009 was his participation as a featured artist in the 2009 Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, where his work was shown with noted artists from across Asia, such as Subodh Gupta and Xu Bing.  A group exhibition in Thailand presented his works alongside those of multimedia artists from Thailand and India, and in the United States, his works were on exhibit in Miami and at the Rubin Museum in New York. Jakkai returned with a new show in the gallery in 2010.  The exhibition, entitled Karma Cash & Carry, featured a new series of textile compositions alongside installation and video works.  Alluding to the way contemporary Thai popular religion incorporates such practices as fortune telling and winning lottery number prediction, Jakkai organized the exhibition around his conception of a karmic convenience store, where merit can be bought and sold.  He made use of found objects associated with bringing good fortune, integrating them into his elaborate compositions of Thai fabrics, embroidery, and hand stitched sequined work. Jakkai’s hand stitching is an incredibly detailed and time consuming process – which he likens to a meditative practice – and this limits his annual production to only a handful of works.  He maintains a rigorous connection to traditional Thai craft techniques while making a strong commentary on contemporary issues. In 2014 Jakkai presented his third solo exhibition with the gallery, Transient Shelter. The exhibition featured a series of self-portrait photographs that had him “embodying” the elaborately embroidered and ornamented uniforms that were also part of the exhibition, along with a video work. The exhibition was a meditation on the transience of worldly success and the way the trappings of social status are often imbued with quasi-mystical associations that maintain a link with animistic beliefs. The works were subsequently featured in the group exhibition, The Roving Eye, at ARTER Space for Art in Istanbul, Turkey (2014-2015).

In 2011, Jakkai’s work was featured in the exhibition, Here / Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (April 1 – October 23, 2011), and in a major solo exhibition, Shroud, at the Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (September 15 – November 12, 2011). He was also a participating artist in the 2nd Chongqing Youth Biennial Art Exhibition (October 11 – November 6, 2011). In 2012, his work was seen in Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (May 18 – September 2, 2012) and Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore (December 14, 2012 – August 18, 2013).

Transient Shelter (2014)

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C-2, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-3, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-4, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-5, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-6, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-7, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-8, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-9, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-10, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-11, 2014

digital print

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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C-2, 2014

civil servant's uniform, embellished with objects

28 x 25 x 9 in. (71 x 64 x 23 cm)

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C-3, 2014

civil servant's uniform, embellished with objects

27 x 19 x 9 in. (69 x 48 x 23 cm)

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C-4, 2014

civil servant's uniform, embellished with objects

28 x 18 x 9 in. (71 x 46 x 23 cm)

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C-5, 2014

military uniform, embellished with objects

27 x 17 x 9 in. (69 x 43 x 23 cm)

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C-6, 2014

civil servant's uniform, embellished with objects

28 x 20 x 9 in. (71 x 51 x 23 cm)

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C-7, 2014

police uniform, embellished with objects

27 x 19 x 9 in. (69 x 48 x 23 cm)

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C-8, 2014

civil servant's uniform, embellished with objects

27 x 19 x 9 in. (69 x 43 x 23 cm)

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C-9, 2014

police uniform, embellished with objects

27 x 18 x 10 in. (69 x 46 x 25 cm)

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C-10, 2014

military uniform, embellished with objects

28 x 20 x 9 in. (71 x 51 x 23 cm)

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C-11, 2014

civil servant's uniform, embellished with objects

28 x 17 x 9 in. (71 x 51 x 23 cm)

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Ancestral Worship, 2014

embroidery on linen handkerchiefs

87 x 106 in. (220 x 270 cm)

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Transient Shelter, 2014

single channel video

2 min.

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Installation View of "Transient Shelter" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 17 - May 31, 2014

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Installation View of "Transient Shelter" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 17 - May 31, 2014

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Installation View of "Transient Shelter" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 17 - May 31, 2014

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Installation View of "Transient Shelter" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 17 - May 31, 2014

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Installation View of "Transient Shelter" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 17 - May 31, 2014

78 (2014)

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78, 2014

steel scaffolding, bamboo, embroidered fabric

138 x 138 x 138 in. (350 x 350 x 350 cm)

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78, 2014

steel scaffolding, bamboo, embroidered fabric

138 x 138 x 138 in. (350 x 350 x 350 cm)

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78, 2014

steel scaffolding, bamboo, embroidered fabric

138 x 138 x 138 in. (350 x 350 x 350 cm)

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78, 2014

steel scaffolding, bamboo, embroidered fabric

138 x 138 x 138 in. (350 x 350 x 350 cm)

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78, 2014

steel scaffolding, bamboo, embroidered fabric

138 x 138 x 138 in. (350 x 350 x 350 cm)

Rape and Pillage (2013)

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Rape and Pillage, installation view at Art Stage Singapore 2014, 2013

installation of 39 uniforms with recorded soundtrack, cotton thread embroidery on polyester Thai civil service uniforms

dimensions variable

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Rape and Pillage, installation view at Art Stage Singapore 2014, 2013

installation of 39 uniforms with recorded soundtrack, cotton thread embroidery on polyester Thai civil service uniforms

dimensions variable

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Rape and Pillage, installation view at Art Stage Singapore 2014, 2013

installation of 39 uniforms with recorded soundtrack, cotton thread embroidery on polyester Thai civil service uniforms

dimensions variable

Exploring the Cosmos (2012)

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Shroud, 2011, installation in "Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol" at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, December 14, 2012 - August 18, 2013

crocheted hemp, wax

79 x 79 x 63 in. (200 x 200 x 160 cm)

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Shroud, 2011, installation in "Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol" at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, December 14, 2012 - August 18, 2013

crocheted hemp, wax

79 x 79 x 63 in. (200 x 200 x 160 cm)

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Shroud, 2011, installation in "Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol" at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, December 14, 2012 - August 18, 2013

crocheted hemp, wax

79 x 79 x 63 in. (200 x 200 x 160 cm)

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Shroud, detail, 2011, installation in "Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol" at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, December 14, 2012 - August 18, 2013

crocheted hemp, wax

79 x 79 x 63 in. (200 x 200 x 160 cm)

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Shroud, detail, 2011, installation in "Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol" at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, December 14, 2012 - August 18, 2013

crocheted hemp, wax

79 x 79 x 63 in. (200 x 200 x 160 cm)

Phantoms of Asia (2012)

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"Karma Cash & Carry" installation in the "Phantoms of Asia" exhibition, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, May 18 - September 2, 2012

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Karma Cash & Carry, 2010-2012

bamboo, eucalyptus, found objects, gold leaf

dimensions variable, approx. 59 x 47 x 39 in. (150 x 120 x 100 cm)

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Karma Cash & Carry, detail, 2010-2012

bamboo, eucalyptus, found objects, gold leaf

dimensions variable, approx. 59 x 47 x 39 in. (150 x 120 x 100 cm)

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Karma Cash & Carry, detail, 2010-2012

bamboo, eucalyptus, found objects, gold leaf

dimensions variable, approx. 59 x 47 x 39 in. (150 x 120 x 100 cm)

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Karma Cash & Carry, detail, 2010-2012

bamboo, eucalyptus, found objects, gold leaf

dimensions variable, approx. 59 x 47 x 39 in. (150 x 120 x 100 cm)

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Karma Cash & Carry, detail, 2010-2012

bamboo, eucalyptus, found objects, gold leaf

dimensions variable, approx. 59 x 47 x 39 in. (150 x 120 x 100 cm)

Shroud (2011)

Installation view of Shroud

The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2011

Installation view of Shroud

The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2011

Installation view of Shroud

The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2011

Installation view of Shroud

The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2011

I-Fulness I, 2011

paint, resin, cement

30 x 19 ¾ x 19 ¾ in. (76 x 50 x 50 cm)

I-Fulness II, 2011

paint, resin, cement

39 ½ x 19 ¾ x 19 ¾ in. (100 x 50 x 50 cm)

Evening News, 2011

hand embroidery on linen napkins, nylon rope

dimensions variable

Evening News, detail, 2011

hand embroidery on linen napkins, nylon rope

dimensions variable

Tote, 2011

plastic, cheesecloth, plaster figurines, wax

57 x 51 x 165 ½ in. (145 x 130 x 420 cm)

Hard Work, 2011

cheesecloth, embroidery, upholstery fabric, dip

54 x 53 in. (137 x 135 cm)

Come to Me, 2011

sequins, machine stitching on saffron robe

82 ½ x 84 ½ in. (210 x 215 cm)

Realpolitik, 2011

hand embroidery on quilted upholstery fabric

49 ¼ x 50 in. (125 x 127 cm)

Blind Faith I, II, III

military uniform, talismans

each 63 x 4 x 23 ½ in. (160 x 10 x 60 cm)

Somdej I, 2011

amulets, crochet fabric on canvas

59 x 60 ¼ in. (150 x 153 cm)

Somdej II, 2011

amulets, crochet fabric on canvas

37 ½ x 39 ½ in. (95 x 110 cm)

Somdej III, 2011

amulets, crochet fabric on canvas

34 ½ x 34 ½ in. (90 x 90 cm)

Shroud, 2011

crocheted hemp, wax

79 x 79 x 63 in. (200 x 200 x 160 cm)

Campaign Promises, 2011

burlap, fabric, wax

dimensions variable

Campaign Promises, detail, 2011

burlap, fabric, wax

dimensions variable

Hi-So, 2011

sequins, embroidery, hand stitching on canvas

41 ¼ x 41 ¼ in. (105 x 105 cm)

Love, 2011

sequins, embroidery, hand stitching on canvas

41 ¼ x 41 ¼ in. (105 x 105 cm)

Health, 2011

sequins, embroidery, hand stitching on canvas

41 ¼ x 41 ¼ in. (105 x 105 cm)

Chongqing Youth Biennial (2011)

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Installation view at the 2nd Chongqing Youth Biennial Art Exhibition, 2011

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Installation view at the 2nd Chongqing Youth Biennial Art Exhibition, 2011

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Installation view at the 2nd Chongqing Youth Biennial Art Exhibition, 2011

Here / Not Here (2011)

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Installation view of the "Here / Not Here" exhibition at The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2011

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"Hopes and Dreams II" as installed in the "Here / Not Here" exhibition at The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2011

photo by Kaz Tsuruta ©Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

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"Lucky Ware" as installed in the "Here / Not Here" exhibition at The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2011

photo by Kaz Tsuruta ©Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Reciprocity Project (2010-2011)

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Reciprocity, 2012

assorted fabric on canvas

67 x 51 in. (170 x 130 cm)

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"Reciprocity Project" at The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, April 2011

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"Reciprocity Project" at The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, April 2011

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Detail of the "Reciprocity Project" at The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, April 2011

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Installation view of "Reciprocity Project," Miami, 2010

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Installation view of "Reprocity Project," December 2010

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Installation view of "Reprocity Project," December 2010

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Detail of "Reciprocity Project," December 2010

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Detail of "Reciprocity Project," December 2010

Karma Cash & Carry (2010)

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Yantra, 2010

mixed fabrics and sequins on canvas

64 x 63 in. (162.5 x 160 cm)

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Fast Money I, 2010

mixed fabrics and sequins on canvas

49 x 43 in. (125 x 110 cm)

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Fast Money II, 2010

mixed fabrics and sequins on canvas

43 x 41 in. (110 x 104 cm)

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Karma Cash & Carry, 2010

assemblage of bamboo and eucalyptus, and found objects, some with gold leaf

dimensions variable, approx. 59 x 47 x 39 in. (150 x 120 x 100 cm)

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Recession, 2010

various materials, safety pins, thread, found objects

122 x 106 in. (310 x 270 cm)

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Memento Mori, 2010

embroidery on canvas and various fabrics

46 ½ x 58 in. (118 x 147 cm)

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Jataka, 2010

mixed media on canvas

74 ½ x 78 ½ in. (190 x 200 cm)

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Somdet, 2010

amulets and thread

34 ½ x 36 ½ in. (88 x 93 cm)

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Yantra II, 2010

mixed fabrics and sequins on canvas

42 ½ x 43 in. (108 x 110 cm)

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Red Buddha, 2010

crochet, bumperstickers, thread

84 ½ x 84 ½ in. (215 x 215 cm)

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18/28, 2010

video, metal box, figurines

42 ½ x 23 ½ x 23 ½ in. (108 x 60 x 60 cm)

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1893, 2010

embroidery on canvas and various fabrics

50 x 70 in. (127 x 178 cm)

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Installation View of "Karma Cash & Carry" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 22 - June 25, 2010

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Installation View of "Karma Cash & Carry" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 22 - June 25, 2010

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Installation View of "Karma Cash & Carry" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 22 - June 25, 2010

Asian Art Biennial (2009)

Installation at the 2009 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, October 24, 2009 - February 28, 2010

Rubin Museum Installation (2009)

"Lucky Ware" at the Rubin Museum, New York City

temporary installation, May 2009

Temple Fair (2008)

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Suffrage, 2008

assorted fabrics, machine and hand stitching on saffron robe

73 x 105 in. (185.5 x 267 cm)

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Lucky Ware, 2008

assorted fabrics, stitching on canvas and found objects

dimensions variable

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Munsai, 2008

painted cotton, glass beads, stitching, hand embroidery on cotton linen, on canvas

63 x 63 in. (160 x 160 cm)

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Hopes and Dreams I, 2008

assorted fabrics, stitching, cross-stitch, threads, embroidery, safety pins on quilted canvas

76 x 60 in. (193 x 152.5 cm)

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Heel, 2008

assorted fabrics, glass beads, machine and hand stitching on canvas

62 x 60 in. (157.5 x 152.5 cm)

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Fashion, 2007

assorted fabrics, stitching, plastic beads, hand embroidery on canvas

56 x 47 in. (142.2 x 119.5 cm)

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Hopes and Dreams II (left panel), 2008

assorted fabrics, stitching, cross-stitch, threads, embroidery, safety pins on quilted canvas

77 x 60 in. (195.5 x 152.5 cm)

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Hopes and Dreams II (right panel), 2008

assorted fabrics, stitching, cross-stitch, threads, embroidery, safety pins on quilted canvas

77 x 60 in. (195.5 x 152.5 cm)

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Sportsmanship, 2008

flags, machine stitching and safety pins

60 x 78 in. (152.5 x 198 cm)

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Free Love, 2008

canvas, microfiber stuffing

installation approx. 23 x 36 x 76 in. (58.5 x 91.5 x 193 cm)

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No Trespassing, 2008

linen tablecloth and hand embroidery

43 ½ x 43 ½ in. (110.5 x 110.5 cm)

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Ruam Mitr, 2008

hand and machine embroidery, plastic beads, crochet

dimensions variable, approx 84 x 110 in. (213 x 280 cm)

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Standard, 2008

assorted fabrics, machine and hand stitching on canvas

56 x 61 in. (142.3 x 155 cm)

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Installation View of "Temple Fair" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 5, 2008

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Installation View of "Temple Fair" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 5, 2008

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Installation View of "Temple Fair" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 5, 2008

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Installation View of "Temple Fair" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 5, 2008


WORKS

Transient Shelter (2014)

78 (2014)

Rape and Pillage (2013)

Exploring the Cosmos (2012)

Phantoms of Asia (2012)

Shroud (2011)

Chongqing Youth Biennial (2011)

Here / Not Here (2011)

Reciprocity Project (2010-2011)

Karma Cash & Carry (2010)

Asian Art Biennial (2009)

Rubin Museum Installation (2009)

Temple Fair (2008)

Art in America, The Fabric of Memory

November, 2014


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Bangkok Post, Sewn in

June, 2014


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The New York Times, Jakkai Siributr: ‘Transient Shelter’

May, 2014


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Art in America, Dueling Visions at Art Basel Hong Kong

May, 2014


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The Magazine Art Insight, Weaving Dissent

May, 2014


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m-est, Conversation: Jakkai Siributr and Elif Gül Tirben

March, 2014


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Surface Design, Jakkai Siributr

2014


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Bangkok Post, Needling, Thailand’s Looters

November, 2013


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Exploring the Cosmos

2013


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The Straits Times, A matter of life and death

December, 2012


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Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, Jakkai Siributr

2012


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Frieze, Jakkai Siributr: The Art Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

October, 2011


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The Examiner San Francisco, Modern ‘Buddha Presence’ at Asian Art Museum

September, 2011


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ARTnews – Critic’s Pick, Jakkai Siributr

June, 2011


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Treasures (Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Magazine), Here/Not Here

January, 2011


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Art in America, Bangkok Report

June, 2010


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Truly Truthful exhibition (Miami)

December, 2009


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2009 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan, Jakkai Siributr

October, 2009


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Conde Nast Traveler, Eat, Pray, Love: A Continent In Three Journeys

September, 2009


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Time Magazine, Southeast Asia’s Fresh Palette

December, 2008


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Buddhist Art News, Temple Fair: Jakkai Siributr at Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York)

November, 2008


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Dossier, Temple Fair: Jakkai Siributr at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

November, 2008


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Financial Times, South-eastern promise

October, 2008


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Fiber Arts, Jakkai Siributr: Strange Land

2006


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Asian Art News, Jakkai Siributr at the Intercontinental Hotel

2004


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Flavours: Thai Contemporary Art, Jakkai Siributr

2003


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