Anuwat aims to challenge societal norms and promote inclusivity and diversity, using art to explore customs, gender, and violence in their country.
Anuwat Apimukmongkon was born in 1995 in Trang, a province located in the deep south of Thailand. They earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus. Anuwat began exhibiting their works in 2017 and has participated in recent shows such as ‘A Silent Voice’ at Tang Contemporary Art, ‘A+ Entree’ at A+ Work of Art, and ‘SPECTROSYNTHESIS II – Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia’ at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. The artist has also taken on other roles, such as project manager for ‘RE/FORM/ING PATANI’, a pavilion under the Bangkok Biennial, and curator for various exhibitions including ‘Checkpoint’ at Patani Artspace and ‘SingNature’ at YELO House.
Anuwat’s formal art education began at Nakhon Si Thammarat College of Fine Arts, where they honed their artistic techniques. It was at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Art at PSU where they discovered their artistic community and learned more about the art world. Anuwat creates works through various media such as painting, sculpture, mixed media, video, performance, and more, exploring ideas and questions about their nation, religion, culture, politics, violence, and society.
The body of they work is heavily inspired by Bangli, their best friend who identifies as bisexual. Bangli appears in almost every artwork as a symbol to express myth-making in Thai society. Through their work, Anuwat aims to challenge societal norms and promote inclusivity and diversity.