Mit Jai Inn

  • Born 1960 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Mit Jai Inn is a member of an ethnic minority called the Yong. He trained as a novice monk at Djittabhawan Buddhist College in Pattaya (1970 -1976), then began his artistic education in 1983 at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. He moved to Europe in 1986, and in 1988 enrolled in the Master of Fine Artsʼs program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where he started working as a studio assistant to Franz West the same year. Following his return to Thailand in 1992, he co-founded the Chiang Mai Social Installation (CMSI) together with several other artists. At the fourth and final edition of CMSI, Mit launched the spin-off event Week of Cooperative Suffering with a focus on public engagement activities. In 2015, he founded Cartel Artspace in Bangkok as a space for artists and curators to reflect on the historical and contemporary contexts of Thailand and Southeast Asia.

His work has been shown in artist initiatives, museums, galleries, and mega-exhibitions, including the solo exhibition Dreamworld, IKON Gallery (2021, UK); Color in Cave, Museum MACAN (2019, Indonesia); and the group exhibition SUNSHOWER, Mori Art Museum (2017, Japan); and the 21st and 15th Biennale of Sydney (2018/2012, Australia).

  • People’s Wall, 2019
  • Photo: Jim Thompson Foundation
  • Courtesy of the artist and Jim Thompson Foundation