Ariana Chaivaranon

Ariana Chaivaranon is a Thai-born artist, scholar, and museum professional. Chaivaranon works to cultivate transformative connections between the public and global art collections, including the U.S. National Gallery of Art, the Beijing Palace Museum, UCCA, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Harvard Art Museums, and The Frick Collection. Chaivaranon’s scholarship appears in publications including NUS (Singapore) Southeast of Now, UNSW (Sydney) Di’van Journal, and RK&A. Chaivaranon’s collaboration on the Hirshhorn Museum’s 2019 exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) continued Chaivaranon’s longstanding practice and support of art that intersects with activism. Chaivaranon’s work has been exhibited at H&R Block Artspace, Charlotte Street Foundation, and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Chaivaranon studied Visual and Environmental Studies and the History of Art at Harvard University. As a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, Chaivaranon earned a Masters in Management Science and Global Affairs.


What We Cannot Carry

The author applies what they call “a Buddhist reading” to Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Untitled (rucksack installation), 1993, analyzing it alongside recent developments in contemporary Thai art and politics.