Bangkok lecture: Thai artist explains Buddhism’s blurred lines [02 Oct 2013]

Bangkok Post
27 Sep 2013

The amalgamation of religious beliefs in modern Thai society is a central theme in artist Jakkai Siributr’s work, and he will give a talk on the subject next week. 

Artist Jakkai Siributr will give a talk called ‘Karma Cash & Carry’ at Siam Society on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Jakkai will be the speaker at the next event in Siam Society’s Contemporary Thai Art Series, on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The talk will be conducted in English.

The topic is “Karma Cash & Carry” and will focus on the way different beliefs, rituals and practices are blurred into one.

As a non-superstitious religion, Buddhism’s main objective is to urge followers to practise the five precepts in order to obtain mindfulness that will eventually lead to enlightenment.

But the principles of Buddhism are often misunderstood and misused in Thailand today. Certain animistic beliefs that thrived before the introduction of Buddhism, together with rituals and superstitions from India and China, are deeply ingrained in the Thai way of life.

Jakkai’s talk will show how this mutated belief and faith is a reflection of Thailand today.

Jakkai is known for his meticulous tapestries and installations that explore religious, political and social issues. His work has been exhibited in such venues as Tyler Rollins Fine Art and The Rubin Museum of Art, both in New York.

His work is also in the collections of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan, and the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore. His next solo show will be at Yavuz Fine Art in Singapore next month.

The fee is 200 baht (free for members, their families and students).
Siam Society is on Asok Road.
Contact Arunsri on 02-661-6470_7 or email


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