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Vipoo Srivilasa creates a shrine-like sanctuary to house five contemporary deities

QAGOMA Blog 28 March 2011

Samantha Littley

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Ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa is concerned with issues such as social inequity and cultural displacement, and with creating artworks that alleviate their dispiriting effects. As he has said, ‘My work will always be fun, happy and beautiful’.

Srivilasa  has created a reflective, shrine-like space for APT10 that houses five secular deities representing attributes important to him — love equality, spirituality, security, identity, and creativity — and asks visitors to join him in celebrating them. Through the work, Srivilasa venerates memories of his Thai homeland, acknowledges what his relocation to Australia has meant to him, and encourages viewers to appreciate both our differences and our commonalities.

DELVE DEEPER: SHRINE-LIKE SANCTUARY HOUSES FIVE CONTEMPORARY DEITIES https://blog.qagoma.qld.gov.au/vipoo-...
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VIEW THE LIST OF APT10 ARTISTS: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-o...

‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (4 Dec 2021—25 April 2022 ) includes 69 projects with new and recent work by emerging and established artists and collectives, together comprising more than 150 individuals from 30 countries.

Vipoo Srivilasa, Thailand/Australia b.1969 / Shrine of Life / Benjapakee Shrine 2021 / Mixed-media installation with five ceramic deities / Commissioned for ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) / Purchased 2021 with funds from the Contemporary Patrons through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Vipoo Srivilasa

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