“The Secret of Chiang Saen”

  • Thursday 4th January 2024
  • 9.00-12.00
  • Chiang Saen National Museum, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai Province
  • Free

Educational Program, Thailand Biennale, Chiang Rai 2023

Thursday 4th January 2024,

at Chiang Saen National Museum, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai Province


Art will lead to the complicated secrets hidden in Chiang Saen. The unheard sounds, the unseen traces, are sending a message saying "I am here, in Chiang Saen". Art goes beyond what we see of the ancient city of Chiang Saen with its archaeological sites and historical inscriptions. There are also ancestors, ghosts, Nagas, and guardians who helped create and whose unseen traces remain. Artist Kader Attia compares all those things to the rain that leaves its mark on archeological sites. Artist Chitti Kasemkitvatana will present the spoken voices of people in various languages over time up to the present. When you stand facing the mysteries of Chiang Saen, you will feel the power of all things that come through the artists' works. The hidden mysteries of Chiang Saen, layered and tucked away, can be compared to Chiang Saen's folk poetry, which says:

“Arabian jasmines are in bloom while Butterfly lilies are in blossom.
Dendrobium draconis are in bloom while Dendobium lindleyis are in blossom.
In the blowing of the wind, fragrance spreads.
In the blowing of the wind, blossoms dance."

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Ritual Ceremony and Talk Session Schedule

08.30-09.00 Registration, refreshments provided

09.00-09.45 Introduction to artworks exhibited in Chiang Saen, in the 3rd International Contemporary Art Exhibition, 
Thailand Biennale, Chiang Rai 2023 
by Assoc. Dr. Pollawat Prapattong, Chief Project of the Foundation of
Mekong Basin Civilization Museum, Mae Fah Luang University

09.45-10.00 Opening the Discussion 
Dr. Nattawut Yodsuwan, Director of the Center of Academic Services

10.00-11.00 Discussion on “Pluviality” 
By Mr. Kader Attia Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gridthiya Gaweewong Moderator
Lecturer from the School of Liberal Arts Translator

11.00-12.00 Discussion on “Chiang Saen Unveiled: Unlocking Artistic Mastery” 
By Dr. Pensupa Sukkata Keynote Speaker
Mr. Phoodeit Saensa Keynote Speaker
Mr. Chitti Kasemkitvatana Keynote Speaker
Lecturer from the School of Liberal Arts Moderator

12.00-12.10 Closing the Discussion 
by Assoc. Dr. Pollawat Prapattong, Chief Project of the Foundation of
Mekong Basin Civilization Museum, Mae Fah Luang University

12.10-13.00 Luncheon

Note: The schedule is subject to change as appropriate.

About Artists

Kader Attia (Berlin / Paris) 
Born in Seine-Saint-Denis, 1970.

Lives and works in Berlin and Paris. Kader Attia grew up in Paris and in Algeria. Preceding his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Escola Massana, Centre d’Art i Disseny in Barcelona, he spent several years in the Congo and South America.

Kader Attia’s work has been shown in group shows and biennials such as the 12th Shanghai Biennial; the 12th Gwangju Biennial; the 12th Manifesta, Palermo; the 57th Venice Biennial; dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel; Met Breuer, New York; Kunsthalle Wien; MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; or The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York — just to name a few. Notable solo exhibitions include The Museum of Emotion, The Hayward Gallery, London; Scars Remind Us that Our Past is Real, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona; Roots also grow in concrete, MacVal in Vitry-sur-Seine; The Field of Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Repairing the Invisible, SMAK, Ghent; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Sacrifice and Harmony, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main; The Injuries are Here, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne; Contre Nature, Beirut Art Center; Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, Whitechapel Gallery, London; and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

In 2016, Kader Attia was awarded with the Marcel Duchamp Prize, followed by the Prize of the Miró Foundation, Barcelona, and the Yanghyun Prize, Seoul, in 2017.

Chitti Kasemkitvatana

Bangkok based artist, independent curator and educator. His methodology relies on research-based art practice that relates to the use of archival fragments and spatial practice. Applying a new materialist lens, he focuses on entangled ideas in sociocultural history. His artistic operation involves transmission of collective memories via object-device and conversion of data - to study the convergence of things, in the form of conversation, collision, as well as diffraction. A recipient of the 22nd Silpa Bhirasri Creativity Grants in 2023 and DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Programme in 2014, his work has been shown in national and international institutions such as Le Plateau / Frac Ile-de-France, Paris; Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; CEAAC, Strasbourg; daadgalerie, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei and Art Centre Silpakorn University, Bangkok.