Superheroes are the ultimate embodiment of the age-old battle between good and evil. In 2019, a new evil reared its head in the form of a deadly virus which changed the way we live and interact with one another. As we learned to live through this crisis, a question was posed: ‘What would a COVID superhero look like?’ Artist Vipoo Srivilasa responded by creating COVID Superheroes project first in Australia where he resided and then in Thailand where he is originally from. The project encourages everyday people to express their feelings, share their imaginations and reflect on their self-isolating situations in creative, personal and positive ways. Vipoo selected 12 most inspiring Superhero designs submitted by the general public after an open call and invited 12 contemporary Thai artists to bring them to life as small sculptures in various media. 12 writers from online community were commissioned to write a 150 words story about each of the Superheroes. COVID Superheroes project will be a record of people's emotions during this unprecedented situation.
Participating Artists: Numpucsh Semachai, Thong Yalahla, Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit, Kanokmas Mattanaromyakit, Thaworn Kwamsawat , Karuna Ruamthammarak,Phiroch Phothipongsakhul, Rudee Tancharoen, Komkrit Tepthian, Kongsak Poonphol, Narongyoth Thongyu, Chanathip Chuenbumroong
Invited Writers: Animmal Leksawat, Araya-isree Ekuchukorn, Arunee Chuboonraj, Johnny Boonpalah, Kongchalatch Kreawyu, Lode Nandhivajrin, Lunchana Sartnu, Mayuree Pakdee, Nisarat Sitasuwan, Nopphan Raksitanon, Sakchai Sriwatthanapetekun, Asst. Prof. Dr. Worawut Cheyprasert
Curator: Vipoo Srivilasa is a Thai-born Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist who works predominantly in porcelain. He is best known for his playful blend of European historical figurines and Asian decorative art practices with a healthy dose of contemporary culture, often exploring cross-cultural and migration experiences.
For more than twenty years, Srivilasa has exhibited internationally and throughout Australia. He holds a Master of Fine Art and Design from the University of Tasmania. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and Shepparton Art Museum amongst others. This year he has been awarded the 2021 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, The American Ceramic Society, USA.