b. 1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Lives and works in Chiang Mai and Fukuoka, Japan
Navin Rawanchaikul is a Thai artist whose ancestral roots are from the Hindu-Punjabi communities of present day Pakistan. Questioning systems of artistic creation and presentation, Rawanchaikul has developed a vast body of work that utilizes the spirit of collaboration. Rawanchaikul began to engage in a process of exploring the ongoing negotiation between local circumstances and unavoidable globalization. The artist is best known for direct public interventions, social commentary, and an innovative style of integrating community or individual experiences into eccentric fictional tales that feature recurring characters.