Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija's scroll project was introduced to the LNCPS shop in 2008. Tiravanija, on faculty in the School of the Arts, made a proposal to Artistic Director, Tomas Vu Daniel, which challenged the print publishing arm of the program and offered the shop a chance to build a collaborative team of students, faculty and administrators to bring a very special project to completion.

Untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling) I - III, is a reflective work in its totality. The project presents 20 years of the artist's travels and life experiences as a visual narrative in three scrolls measuring 27 feet each in length. This is a two-dimensional printed edition built upon the foundation of the artist's documentation of his personal and professional career, incorporating the appropriation of his passports from 1988-2008. The LNCPS established a team of collaborators, MFA and undergraduate student printmakers, alumna, workstudy students and staff - over a three year production schedule - to complete this project. In the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 2011 acquisition.

Video on the project: Craig Robins Collection, Miami. Art & Design Collection videos: Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Articles on the project: Art in America, June / July 2011 issue, Real Clear Arts blog by Judith H. Dobrzynski

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself). Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award. He had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam that then was presented in Paris and London. Tiravanija is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also president of an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is part of a collective alternative space located in Bangkok, where he maintains his primary residence and studio.