Han Nefkens Foundation BACC Asian Art Award – 2015 – Thailand, Bangkok
It’s our pleasure to announce you the shortlist for the 2015 Han Nefkens/BACC Asian Contemporary Art Award. Artists from very different countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam were selected by our international scouts.

We would like to thank all the participants personally for their enthusiasm and their participation. For this edition we got very interesting proposals, so it was really hard to make a final selection.

- Lee Hyein – South Korea
- Hsu Chia Wei – Taiwan
- Syagini Ratna Wulan – Indonesia
- Khvay Samnang – Cambodia
- Anup Matthew Thomas – India
- Jung yoonsuk – South Korea
- Jungjiu An – South Korea
- Lugpliw Junpudsa – Thailand
- Nguyen Trinh Tih – Vietnam

The jury meeting will take place in Bangkok on the 8th of January 2015, with an international jury composed as follows:

- Han Nefkens (Barcelona)
- Luckana Kunavichayanont, Director BACC (Bangkok)
- Hilde Teerlinck, President of the HN Foundation (France)
- Ute Meta Bauer, Director Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore – Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- Yongwoo Lee, President of the International Biennial Association IBA (South Korea)
- Bose Krishnamachari, President of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (India)

The aim of this award is to help the career of a promising artist from Asia who has arrived at a groundbreaking, crucial point of his career. The winner has to fulfill one basic requirement : his/her work should show a maturity that is not often found in artists of the same generation.

The Award consists of a residency in Bangkok and the financing of both the production of new work, an exhibition at the BACC Cultural Art Centre and the production of a catalogue.

The Han Nefkens Foundation uses the following procedure for his grants and awards, scholarships and commissions : the selection is made by a worldwide network of scouts (artists, curators, art-critics). Each scout can present up to three candidates, of which an international jury selects finally one.

Through this system we have established a global circuit of artists, curators, critics, designers, writers and people connected with art institutions, museums and universities. This network not only enables us to choose outstanding candidates but also provides us with a platform through which we can show the works of the artists supported by the Han Nefkens Foundation.

Zhou Tao
The finalist of the first Han Nefkens Foundation/ BACC Asian Art Award was the Chinese artist Zhou Tao. His work was chosen unanimously by an international jury from a shortlist of eight candidates. Han Nefkens stated “the jury members were impressed by the poetic way in which Zhou Tao gives form to his keen observations. How he tells a story through his esthetically pleasing images while at the same time challenging the imagination of the spectator”.

We will inform about the new winner as soon as we get the final result from the international jury.
Han Nefkens Foundation BACC Asian Art Award – 2015 – Thailand, Bangkok                              

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.