Associate Artist Programme (2022/23 Cycle)Artists
Mit Jai Inn (b.1960, Chiangmai, Thailand)
Mit Jai Inn is a leading figure of contemporary art in Thailand. Known for his colourful artworks that merge painting and sculpture, his artistic training began in 1983 at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, whose neo-traditionalist curriculum he rebelled against. Leaving for Europe in 1986, he joined the Master’s programme at University of Applied Arts Vienna, met the acclaimed Austrian artist Franz West and worked as his studio assistant.
Mit co-founded the Chiang Mai Social Installation (CMSI) in 1992, a festival of ephemeral installations and performance art in public spaces and temples that ran until 1998. In 1995, in parallel with CMSI, Mit launched the Week of Cooperative Suffering to focus on public-engagement activities. In 2015, Mit founded Cartel Artspace in Bangkok for artists and curators to reflect on the historical and current context of Thailand and Southeast Asia.
In this residency, Mit returns to his early social-activism work where he relinquishes control and authorship of his works, and allows social networks to shape their forms. Through a series of “agents” installed within heritage and new businesses, audiences are invited to form personal and intimate connections and conversations.