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    Art and coup: Four years and counting

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 23/05/2018

    » Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of the May 2014 coup d'etat. While it continues to underpin the political landscape, the coup also sparked an unprecedented rise in Thai artworks with political messages. A new political art exhibition took place almost every month since May 2014.

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    Classic Thai story and a triumphant musical feast

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 01/03/2018

    » From folk tale to legend, from a royal play to a new musical, the century-old story of Phra Ruang has been recounted in different versions in Thai nationalistic narrative. The most recent version of the story is imagined as a show tune, evident that its virtue is still meaningful to contemporary Thais.

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    Planes, trains and assorted thrills

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 29/06/2017

    » Touted as an art gallery, theatre, cinema, co-working space, cafe & restaurant, design studio, exotic garden, vintage barber and private museum -- among several other creative things -- ChangChui has become the talk of the town in recent days as much for its artsy, hipsterish concept as its contribution to the massive traffic congestion in the Bang Plad area since its opening last Friday. Over the weekend it attracted thousands of visitors, shoppers, diners and selfie addicts who feasted on ChangChui's industrial chic backdrop. By last Sunday, the space suggested through its Facebook page for visitors to come by taxi, for the convenience of everyone.

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    Ratchaburi's roll of the dice

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Almost five years ago the late writer and National Artist in literature Prabhassorn Sevikul wrote a short story. The text was not published on paper but painted along the bank of Mae Khlong river, and you had to walk the total of 3km to finish the story. The ephemeral aspect of this, along with 74 other artworks installed around Ratchaburi, featured in the first edition of the community-based "Art Normal" event.

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    The future, in reverse

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/06/2016

    » On the surface, artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul's video of a night journey through a temple doesn't seem to be in dialogue with photographs of Sakhalin island by Japanese Tomoko Yoneda. Nor does there seem to be any connection between Field Recordings' video work documenting migrant workers on the banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River and MAP Office's incredibly detailed imaginary map of "future Hong Kong".

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    Race for gender equality

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/01/2016

    » It's been only 28 days, but 2016 is already promising to be yet another fun, interesting and tumultuous year for the LGBT community worldwide.

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    A monthly column rounding up the best of the capital's art scene

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/03/2015

    » It's a real shame that works by Dutch artist Daan Botlek in "Inhabited Hypercube" were only displayed for a week at Cho Why gallery in Chinatown. Yet, that was a happy sign that curator Myrtille Tibayrenc's Toot Yung Gallery, who organised the exhibition as their first nomad project after her space closed down in Ekamai last year, is very much alive and doing rather well.

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    Mongkut, reinterpreted

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/03/2015

    » When Arin Rungjang learned of the art heist near Paris earlier this month, the Thai artist had good reason to feel concerned. At dawn on March 1, thieves broke into a high-security wing of the Chateau de Fontainebleau and made off with 15 priceless works of Asian art, including Phra Maha Mongkut Longya, a replica of a royal crown studded with rubies, pearls, emerald and diamonds. It was one of several royal tributes presented to Emperor Napoleon III by King Rama IV in 1861.

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    An eclectic mix of shows from last week

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 05/02/2015

    » This simple dance creation by Sun Tawalwongsri and Chatchanok Hemachandra may have sprung from a loose and hackneyed concept — our relationship with other human beings and our surroundings — but it succeeds in being minimal and controlled. Sun and Chatchanok are athletic dancers and move with clean precision. They are not identical, however. Sun usually has a penchant for melodrama, but here he keeps it under control. Chatchanok is more matter-of-fact when she dances but still knows how to show her vulnerability. The two have found an interesting way of incorporating pedestrian movements into their choreography; they not only dance with their arms, legs and feet but are also very expressive with their hands. For a piece about relationships, the show feels emotionally disjointed, and the dancers could have had more of a connection with each other. The most touching scene comes at the end when Sun backs away from Chatchanok as she continues to feel his imaginary form with her hands. The sense of absence and loss in that simple moment makes more of an emotional imprint than all of the other scenes combined.

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    Battle of Indrajit a visual spectacular

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/11/2014

    » As splendid as ever, the Support Foundation's khon performance, The Battle of Indrajit: Nagabas, premiered on Loy Krathong day last week. Like shows in previous years, the beautiful dances, great acting, glittering sets, costumes and props did not fail to wow the audience. Satirical gags referring to the current political situation also brought a lot of laughter.

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