Thailand, Curator at Bangkok University Gallery
Ark Fongsmut received his MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship from Goldsmiths College, London, and his MA and BA in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
He has been a curator at Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok since 2000 and has produced many important exhibitions and initiations, including the annual Brand New Project and Artist Residency Programme. With insight and experience in the field of contemporary Thai photography, Ark was appointed chief curator of the 2004 and 2006 Month of Photography – Bangkok, a major international photography exhibition, co-curator of the International Singapore Photography Festival 2008 and 2010, co-curator of the Singapore Biennale 2013, and curator of the Photo Bangkok 2015.
A vocal contributor to critical writings on contemporary Thai art, Ark has published in many exhibition catalogues and books, including “Art Now,” his latest collections of art writings. He had also contributed to many publications, namely, Esquire (Thai Edition), MARS, and East Bridge, an online Korean art magazine.
He was a recipient of several Curatorial Fellowships and Residencies including BIZ Art Residency (Shanghai); Association Française d’Action Artistique Fellowship (Paris); The Alliance Française Residency (Bangkok); and The Japan Foundation Fellowship (Bangkok and Tokyo).