▐ Thailand Biennale, Krabi 2018▐ Must visit places

December 30, 2018

Hi all, welcome back to my travel blog. December is my favourite month among the year and i just came back from a 'flash trip' which is only 3D2N, I'm going to share with you all regarding my adventure of this trip. I never thought i will be going back to Krabi again since my BFF trip 5 years ago. Then one day, out of the blue, i was invited to visit Krabi for their very first Thailand Biennale!
What is Thailand Biennale?
It is a cutting-edge exploration driven by visual practice, engenders a new way of thinking, providing opportunities for meetings between nature and art. Krabi is truly the wonderland of the Andaman, renowned for its rich nature and history, this make it as a perfect site for this international contemporary art exhibition in Thailand. 

Thailand Biennale, Krabi 2018 takes place from 2nd November 2018 until 28th February 2019. This 4 month outdoor exhibition is not curate to display traditional forms of artwork such as sculptures or paintings within the notion of 'public art', but showcases the site-specific and innovative artworks created by 70 Thai and foreign new generation artists under the theme of Edge of the Wonderland.
During my 3D2N trip, the schedule was tight. We visited many places but i decided to choose some of them and blog about it.

| #1 Visit to Krabi Town (North to South)
The first site i would like to share is a multiple sculptural structures which lined up to imitate a ceremony on the sandy bank of the Krabi River, the creation named as 'Story of Love' that created by Vichoke Mukdamanee (Thai National artist). 
Using objects from local wedding ceremonies, Mukdamanee sees Krabi River as the connecting space between water and land, the imaginative world and reality.
It is so instagrammable! 
Located in a park just opposite of Krabi River, 'Wandering at the Edge of the Wonderland' is inspired  by jetties commonly found in some of Southeast Asia's fishing villages. 
It looks like a maze shaped jetty, created by Chong Boon Pok from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Responding to the concept of Thailand Biennale 2018's Edge of the Wonderland, Kamol Tassananchalee (Thai artist) creates a large-scale sculptural structure inspired by the shape of 2 magnifying glass and installed it on the bank of Krabi River. It displayed the mirror to reflect images of the audience and the underwater scenes in the LED screen attached at the base of the artwork.
Walk along the Krabi River bank, we found another large-scale installation 'Neo Centipedian Animal Non-Discovery' by Panya Vijinthanasarn (Thai artist). 
Using parts from a car as the main material, the shape of assemblage is inspired by the characteristics of spiders and centipedes to reflect how lives are affected by changes in the environment caused by human behaviour. 
'Nagabi Transferry' will be used as a transfer throughout the 4 months duration of the viewing period. Yuree Kensaku painted and decorated the cockpit of a Hua Thong boat (a local boat of Krabi) with contemporary pop culture.

| #2 Visit to Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang marks the centre of tourism in Krabi province, it is a popular beach destination. Kamin Lertchaiprasert collaborated with Suriya Umpansiriratana chose a hidden clift where tourists and locals alike find a peaceful refuge from the business of the resort town. 
From the outside, it such a stunning art piece that so photogenic. 
In the cave, stands an elder lady sculpture who as the symbol of love and waiting. 'No Sunrise No Sunset' urges us to take a different perspective in order to see the nature world anew in the way it is, and not from our subjective point of view because the sun doesn't move, but the world is spinning itself.
'About the Hiding of the Giant Jellyfish' is an artwork that calls for a sensation of a sudden wakefulness to inner matters that are often invisible to visitors. The Vietnam artist Tran Luong places this hidden jellyfish underneath the footpath of Ao Nang beach. 

From the outlook, there is initially nothing to be seen at the site, its like really invisible! When we walk on the footpath, the floor will slightly sink and we feel like stepping on an enormous moving creature underneath. 

| #3 Visit to Khlong Muang
 The next day, our schedule is all about islands hopping. 
First stop is check out the 'Rumors from the Sea', a site-specific sound installation created by Felix Blume, consists of hundreds of bamboo flute devices, played by the waves.

| #4 Visit to Poda Island
A very beautiful and small limestone island covered in casuarina trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach.
'Pulse -Formations', a cluster of 8 huge broken drumsticks emerge through the ground, like fallen trees effected by wind and time. The surreal and wondrous appearance of USA artist Camille Norment's installation resonates with today's bewildering sense of change, as well as the planet's ever so fragile and volatile conditions. 

| #5 Visit to Railay Beach
It is a small peninsula located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang, accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access.
Covers the rock surface of a small island located in front of the famous Phra Nang Cave Beach, the gliding start from the bottom part of the island and extend up in a diminishing gradation until it seems to diffuse entirely in to the rock surface, create a golden threshold between land and sea. That is how 'Gliding the Border' presented.

| #6 Visit to Than Bok Khorani National Park
Rikuo Ueda from Japan is known for his unique practice of 'wind drawing'. To achieve this artwork 'Letter, 2018', the artist sets up a very simple mechanism that lets nature create an artwork.
Through this Thailand Biennale, Krabi 2018, we are blessed by the beauty of nature, the white sand beaches, forests and stream that have natural and cultural significance. It is truly a unique experience to me, it is my first time to discover Biennale. I guess that's all for my sharing about 'Thailand Biennale, Krabi 2018',  you can visit their official website and Facebook as below :

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