LGBT-themed exhibit ‘Spectrosynthesis II’ now showing in Bangkok

‘The New Pre-Raphaelites’ by Indian-born artist Sunil Gupta, at left, and ‘Portrait of a Man in Habits 1’ by Thai-American artist Michael Shaowanasai, at right.
‘The New Pre-Raphaelites’ by Indian-born artist Sunil Gupta, at left, and ‘Portrait of a Man in Habits 1’ by Thai-American artist Michael Shaowanasai, at right.

Artworks by over 50 LGBT-identifying artists have come together at a Bangkok contemporary arts center to explore what it means to be LGBT in Southeast Asia. 

Billed as Southeast Asia’s largest LGBT art exhibition, Spectrosynthesis II runs now through March 1 at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre. Its themes focus on the cultural, political, and historical dialogue about LGBT experience in Asia, as well as fluctuating tolerance and acceptance in the region.

The 59 artists hailing from 15 countries include Christopher Cheung (Hong Kong), Balbir Krishan (India), Dinh Q. Le (Vietnam), David Medalla (Philippines), Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Sri Lanka), Anne Samat (Malaysia), Hui-Yu Su (Taiwan) and Lyno Vuth (Cambodia). 

Local talents include Arin Rungjang, Jakkai Siributr, Maitree Siriboon and Michael Shaowanasai.

Other than a showcase of their work, the event also features films, performances, discussions and more to be announced at a later date. 

Maitree Siriboon’s work showcased at the exhibition. Photo: Maitree Siriboon / Courtesy
Maitree Siriboon’s work showcased at the exhibition. Photo: Maitree Siriboon / Courtesy

The exhibition is organized by Hong Kong’s Sunpride Foundation. Its first edition rolled out in 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, under the name Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now. 

Visit Spectrosynthesis II at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, which is closed on Mondays and can be reached by skywalk from BTS National Stadium. 

Gay Mixed by Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q Le.
Gay Mixed by Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q Le.

FIND IT:

Spectrosynthesis II – Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia
Nov. 23 – March 1
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
BTS: National Stadium

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