ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Hans Fonk
Hans Fonk is a renowned photographer and art director who conceived and established the interior design magazine OBJEKT International. It is a premium publication for designers and architects, with editorial features from around the world. The title was launched in 1991 by Hans Fonk Publications of the Netherlands, which has published a total of 43 books for worldwide distribution.

OBJEKT International is esteemed by the high-end consumer with a special interest in quality interiors and architecture. It is particularly well regarded among professionals like product designers, architects and interior designers. Thanks to the book’s style and presentation, readers tend to collect the volumes and read them more than once.

Hans Fonk came to Bangkok six years ago to work with Jim Thompson to shoot advertisements, producing a series of photographs of the company’s factory, weavers and workers. He designed and produced several catalogues featuring Jim Thompson textile collections, and created the illustrated book Symptoms of Jim Thompson, published in 2005. He is interested not just in the company’s products, but also in the people behind them. He believed that these unsung heroes behind the company’s success should be celebrated. Through the medium of photography, he wanted to feature them like rock stars.

Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Born in Bangkok, Akritchalerm holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from Thammasat University, and originally intended to join the diplomatic corps. But a strong interest in film sidetracked him into studying filmmaking in the United States. After graduating from film school in 2000, he became active in the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant underground film scene.

On his return to Thailand he worked as a sound designer with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, starting with the 2004 feature, Tropical Malady. His recent feature credits include Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Ploy (2007), Apichatpong’s Syndromes and a Century (2007), and Aditya Assarat’s Wonderful Town (2008).

Aside than that, Akritchalerm has been collaborating with Koichi Shimizu on a sound installation, Anat(t) a (2006-08), which has been shown twice in Bangkok and once at the 37th International Film Festival,  Rotterdam, the Netherlands.   

Koichi Shimizu
Koichi Shimizu Born in Japan, Koichi studied sound engineering in New York and moved to Thailand in 2003.

Shimizu’s vast range of work includes musical composition for TV commercials, sound design and scores for films, multimedia art installations, live performances, sound engineering, producing bands and organizing concerts.

As a sound designer and composer for cinema, Shimizu has worked with three international award-winning directors, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Aditya Assarat. His credits include such films as Pen-ek’s Invisible Waves, Twelve Twenty, Total Bangkok (2006), Ploy (2007), Apichatpong’s Syndromes and a Century (2007) and Aditya's Wonderful Town (2008), which has won many awards from film festivals around the world.

Shimizu is also known as a leader of the music label and event organizing team called SO::ON Dry FLOWER, releasing unique local artists’ CDs and organizing music showcases since 2003. The group is actively working with domestic and international artists to introduce new types of music to Thai people, receiving acclaim both locally and overseas.

Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Jakrawal Nilthamrong J akrawal NILTHAMRONG was born in Thailand in 1977. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in art and technology studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

In 2007 he was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His filmography includes a number of shorts: Dripping (2004), Enemy (2005), Patterns of Transcendence (2006), and A Voyage of Foreteller (2007). His works have been screened at the 37th International Film Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok (2008); the 53rd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany (International Competition) (2007); the International Contemporary Culture Centre of Donostia / San Sebastian, Tabacalera, Spain; and the 30th International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France (Labo Competition) (2007).

In 2007, his work was included in ‘Head or Tail: media and video works from Thailand’ at Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, Ireland; ‘Lifeboat#2551’ was shown at the Asia Australia Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia; and his video installation, ‘Black Air’, was featured at the 37th International Film Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2008.

Orada Singhadechachai
Orada Singhadechachai received a master’s degree in design for the environment: interior and spatial design, from Chelsea College of Art and Design, The London Institute, as well as a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

Her design experience includes events, interiors, venues, stage, graphic environments, and exhibitions. Living Under the Crescent Moon: Domestic Culture in the Arab World, curated by VITRA Design Museum and TCDC, Bangkok, was one of her distinguished exhibition design works.

Since 2003, Orada has worked as co-founder and design director of Thisdesign Co., Ltd.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact:
Khun Penwadee Nophaket Manont
The Jim Thompson Art Center
Tel: 02-612-6741
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E-mail: penwadee@jimthompsonhouse.com, artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com

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