JAKKAI SIRIBUTR (b 1969)
Jakkai Siributr lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand, and is one of Southeast Asia's leading contemporary artists working primarily in the textile medium. He is known for his intricately handmade tapestries, quilts and installations, which convey powerful responses to contemporary and historical societal issues in Thailand.
In 2021 he launched Phayao-a-Porter, a project that supports artisans and studio assistants whose businesses and livelihoods were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Siributr sourced found and pre-used garments and invited artisans from Phayao province in northern Thailand to contribute to embellishing them with unique figurative appliqué designs in collaboration with his studio. Thirty percent from the sale of each jacket is given back to the community as scholarships, healthcare and emergency funds.
Jakkai Siributr studied Textile and Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA; and Printed Textile Design, at Philadelphia University, USA. He has exhibited widely, with notable exhibitions including Exploring the Cosmos: The Stupa as a Buddhist Symbol, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore (2013); Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, California, USA; Link Tradition and Future, (2012); and the 2nd Chongqing Biennale for Young Artists, The Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China (2011). His works are in the public collections of the National Taiwan Musm of Fine Art, Taiwan; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA; Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey; and the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore.