Resident (Curator and Researcher)
Vipash Purichanont, based in Chicago and Bangkok, was Dia Projects first curator-in-residence in 2010 with the support of the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) MAAAP Internship programme .
Summary of Fieldwork Project
In this past decade, contemporary art circle in Southeast Asia had been rapidly developed under the raise of Asian Contemporary Art in the world art scene. It was attempts to make a connection between inner mainland Southeast Asia region, sometimes referred to as the Greater Mekong sub-region (GMS), using strategies such as art exhibitions, workshops, seminars and festivals. Nevertheless, the identity of the GMS as well as the cooperative efforts among these countries has yet to be fully explored. With less resources than other regions that participated in Venice Biennale, Dia/Projects, a contemporary art space in Ho Chi Minh City has begun formulating the idea to establish a “Mekong Pavilion” for a future Venice Biennale. My major responsibility for this internship is to assist Richard Streitmatter-Tran, independent artist and curator, in conducting the research on the development and environment of art organizations in Mekong region in order to set up the curatorial strategies for the Mekong Pavilion Project.