Rirkrit Tiravanija


A portrait of Rirkrit Tiravanija, bathed in a light blue hue. Tiravanija is wearing sunglasses, a plain t-shirt, and is looking and facing directly at the camera. His arm in in a sling. Born in 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is known for a practice that overturns traditional exhibition formats in favor of social interactions through the sharing of everyday activities such as cooking, eating and reading. Creating environments that reject the primacy of the art object, and instead focus on use value and the bringing of people together through simple acts and environments of communal care, Tiravanija’s work challenges expectations around labour and virtuosity. Tiravanija is on the faculty of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. He also helped establish an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located near Chiang Mai, Thailand. He lives and works in New York, Berlin, and Chiang Ma, Thailand.


Work in the exhibition: 

A white flag flying the sky that reads, “FEAR EATS THE SOUL” in black, capital letters.


Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2017 (fear eats the soul) (white flag), 2017. Nylon flag, dimensions variable. Presented as part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance, 2017 - 2018. Courtesy the artist and Creative Time, New York. Photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli.