Chumpon Apisuk


Chumpon Apisuk studied art at Changsilpa School, Silapakorn University (Bangkok) and at the Museum School of Fine Arts (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). Since 1986, he has performed more than 200 times in Germany, England, Canada, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Hong Kong, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, USA and in Thailand. He founded Concrete House in 1993, an art and community space, the only on-going performance art venue in Thailand. He is also a founder of Asiatopia – an International Performance Art Festival in Thailand, established in 1998. His audio installation work, ALIVE – a conversation with a friend living with HIV was selected for exhibition at the Sydney Biennial in 1998. Known for his his art practice with activism in the areas of AIDS and Human Rights, Apisuk is also involved with EMPOWER Foundation, an organization that advocates for the rights of sex workers in Thailand. Apisuk’s article, The Politics of Art in Thailand, 1970 –1999 was published in Art Action 1958–1998 by Éditions Intervention (Inter, Québec City, Canada).

DOCUDRAMA with Chumpon Apisuk

In conjunction with FADO’s on-going International Visiting Artist series, we invite local performance artists to participate in a new networking initiative. This is a chance for you to come meet international visiting artists in person, and talk to them (and a few of your local colleagues) about your work. To this end, FADO proposes DOCUDRAMA, an informal evening where up to 10 local artists can meet to talk about their work and show up to 10 minutes of documentation. Space is limited and we want to keep the sessions limited, therefore participants must reserve their spot in advance.

In this DOCUDRAMA, local artists are invited to present short talks about their work in the presence of Thai artist and curator Chumpon Apisuk, who will be visiting Toronto with various representatives of EMPOWER and 5 – 6 Kumjing dolls. EMPOWER’s project of migrant dolls will be exhibited at the Global Village (Metro Toronto Convention Centre) as part of the XVI International AIDS Conference taking place in Toronto August 13–18, 2006. EMPOWER’s visit is assisted by the Toronto Sex Worker group, Stella.