Artist Bio: Chumpon Apisuk

Chumpon Apisuk (Thailand) was born on 7 November 1948 in Nan, a northern province in Thailand.

He studied Art At Changsilpa School, Silapakorn University / Bangkok and at the Museum School of Fine Arts / Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He also studied with Tang Chang a famous Thai contemporary poet/painter during 1968–70.

He is known for his activism in AIDS, Human Rights, and democracy. He also works with EMPOWER Foundation, which was founded by his partner Chantawipa Apisuk, an organization that advocates for the rights of sex workers in Thailand. He has continuously promoted performance art in Thailand since 80s and is a well-known performance artist in Asia. Since 1996, he has performed in Germany, England, Quebec, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia and the USA.

He founded Concrete House in 1993, an art and community space, and the only performance art venue in Thailand. He is also a founder and director of “Asiatopia — an International Performance Art Festival in Thailand”, since 1998. He is currently a member of the board of Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, in Bangkok.

His current project The Journey of Kumjing collaborates with his wife Chantawipa Noi Apisuk. It won the international art award “Freedom to Create Prize”. The project engages the migrant women community in the northern borders of Thailand and Myanmar.

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