Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled, 2018
Combination of aesthetic and social activity
Rirkrit Tiravanija (*1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina) grew up in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada and studied at art schools in New York, Chicago, Banff and Toronto. His actions and performances are primarily aimed at bringing people together and into contact with contemporary art in a sociable context. Thus in 1990, for example, he launched the project pad thai, in which he prepared and served meals to visitors in galleries and museums. His installations and art objects are similarly designed to promote interaction. They investigate ideas of relationships and communities, and seek to combine aesthetic and social activity.