KAFKA ZOO

OCT 26 – DEC 15, 2019
Bangkok and Chiang Mai

“A race began in the woods. The whole place was full of animals.
I tried to establish order.”

— Franz Kafka, Dearest Father

 

Unfolding Kafka Festival has served as a platform for a worldwide appeal in outstanding contemporary art since 2015. Our 3rd edition digs into the wild side of Kafka’s animal and crossbreed characters to release them from the ordered world. The grotesque universe of Kafka blurs the line between human and non-human by allowing us to reflect on the otherness through humanized creatures. Similarly, artists have been inspired by the animal aesthetic and movements to mirror our own existential dilemmas. Furthermore, since the environment affects our perception, the festival encourages you to appreciate various intensive, moving and learning art experiences in encounter with unusual atmosphere, through unexpected tangible or conceptual layers to question the relationship between the subject’s gaze and the object in the same way humans look at animals in a zoo differs from observing them in the wild. Thus, Jitti’s latest project “KAFKA ZOO” proposes you a unique landscape of conceptual works with a strong visual and an untamed wilderness to create a dialogue about societal issues like identity and gender through animalism and daring points of view.

Unfolding Kafka Festival has been made possible thanks to the generosity of our cooperation partners the Goethe-Institut Thailand, the Japan Foundation, Ambassade de France en Thaïlande, Institut Français, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Embassy of Portugal, Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, Alliance Française Bangkok, Embassy of Czech Republic Bangkok, Neilson Hays LIbrary, James H.W. Thompson Foundation, TCEB, The Rose Hotel Bangkok, Hostbkk, 1905 Heritage Corner, World Performances @ Drama Chula, Siam Society Under Royal Patronage and 18 Monkeys Dance theatre.