PULSE Awards Winners Announced
Artworks on “Sex, Life, Chaos: Calm” selected from 100 global artists
Exhibition of Winners and Finalists at PULSE Gallery Phloenchit
through 31 May 2023
Bangkok, 12 May 2023 – PULSE Clinic, Asia’s leading lifestyle clinic, has announced the winners of the second annual PULSE Awards. A range of artists produced new works on the theme “Sex, Life, Chaos; Calm”. The competition received more than 100 entries globally. The Awards aims to raise awareness on the importance of sexual health, remove social stigma towards the LGBTQ+ community, and normalize society’s attitudes towards sex and sexuality.
The winners are:
- 2D: Sun Phornphat SutthithammakulSun, Thailand, “In Blue No.1 and In Blue No.2”
- 3D: Kim Ng, Malaysia, “Natural Desire”
- Photography: Wemar Strydom, South Africa, “Kalm”
The “Most Promising” award winners are:
- 2D: Zhongda Yang, Singapore, “The Vaccine”
- 3D: Lionel Wong, Hong Kong, “A Study of Curios in Tremulous Times”
- Photography: Kimmo Kauko, Finland, “The Queen of Chaos & Calm”
A 3-member international jury deliberated over shortlisted submissions before selecting the 6 winners. This year’s jury members are: Myrtille Tibayrenc, a well-known French artist also recognized for her unconventional curatorial projects and 2022 Bangkok Biennale exhibition; Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung, also known as Scud, a China-born Hong Kong film producer, screenwriter and film director; and Dr. Natthakhet Yaemim, founder and CEO of PULSE and initiator of the PULSE Awards.
The jury said in a joint statement: “We have been very impressed by the originality and high caliber of this year’s submissions. The pieces we chose are works with strong narratives, that are progressive, that speak to the theme “Sex, Life, Chaos: Calm”, and are representations of their particular mediums. For some of the categories, it was a very hard decision between two strong pieces. As a whole, though, they are cohesive. We congratulate the winners and are excited to see the exhibition, the conversations that the artworks will generate, and the stories that will surface as a result of this year’s PULSE Awards.”
Two prizes will be awarded to the winners for each category as follows:
- First Prize 100,000THB / 3,200USD (or equivalent in local currency)
- Most Promising 50,000THB / 1,600USD (or equivalent in local currency)
Where to see the Exhibition
Works by winners and finalists will be shown at the PULSE Gallery in Bangkok’s Ploenchit district through 31 May 2023. The works will be auctioned online for the charity Foundation for Life at the end of the exhibition. Fifty percent of the auction proceeds will be donated to the Foundation to support the testing and treatment of individuals and communities. The remaining 50% raised will go to the artists.
About PULSE Social Enterprise
Established in Bangkok, PULSE is Asia’s leading lifestyle clinic, offering one-stop services for travel medicine, sexual health, preventive and integrated medicine to everyone regardless of age, race, sex, gender, religion, political views. Since its establishment 8 years ago, PULSE has been and continues to be a trailblazer in offering online to offline services, including in-person counselling, laboratory testing, treatment and prevention. It has serviced patients from over 130 countries. PULSE Clinic currently has 16 branches in Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, all with global operation. https://www.pulse-clinic.com
About Foundation For Life
Foundation For Life (FFL) is non-commercial charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness of health and promoting and providing health care and education. Our focus is to improve the quality of people’s well-being, with the aim of sexual health normalization and reducing the STI/HIV burden. We aim to provide the opportunity for more people to know their status faster through the promotion of the benefits of testing, prevention, treatment, and continuous care. FFL focuses on underrepresented populations with limited access to information and access to services such as but not limited to overseas workers and MSM. https://www.foundationfor.life
Images of the winning artworks https://pulse-gallery.com/pulse-gallery. Some images may contain graphic content.
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