Associate Artist Programme (2022/23 Cycle)Artists
Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (b.1975, Bangkok, Thailand)
Ruangsak Anuwatwimon investigates the relationship between mankind and the natural world. His multidisciplinary practice – which melds arcane lore, natural history, anthropology, environmental science and conservation biology to create material-based meditations on ecosystems upended by human extractivism — explores social, cultural, environmental and moral grounds of human societies. In his recent works, he's focusing his practice on the idea of spirituality and superstitions as a set of rules and governing power.
He has taken up residencies in different countries in Europe and Asia to research on the cultural and natural ecology of each place, collecting specimens for his projects. He has exhibited his works locally and internationally, recently at the 11th Taipei Biennial (2018) and the Singapore Biennale (2019).
For this residency, he will look into the origins of the well-loved medicinal product, Tiger Balm — the gelam tree.