Description: Enjoy this interview with Rirkrit Tiravanijas
Born in Buenos Aires in 1961, of Thai origin, he was raised in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada, and educated in Chicago and New York. He now lives between Berlin, Thailand and New York. His work is difficult to categorise and in some ways the term ‘visual artist’ does not accurately represent him. As he says, ‘it is not what you see that is important but what takes place between people’. Tiravanija’s works tend to set the stage, to offer an opportunity or a possibility for interaction and participation. The talent he has for interaction while travelling between different cultures and customs has been transformed into an engaged, and engaging, art practice. He integrates the flux of his itinerant life into sedate museum and gallery spaces, effectively destroying the division between art and life.