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    The art of poking fun

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/06/2018

    » Tanawat "Pop" Prakammanu, 26, works as a graphic designer at an advertising agency in Bangkok and runs his Facebook page Prakammanu (fb.com/Prakammanu), where he showcases his drawings in his spare time. He went viral after publishing an action-filled Avengers-inspired comic with a cast full of figures in Thai politics from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal. Pop poked fun at them with sharp humour (even though he insists he's a casual observer) and witty dialogues. His latest effort has been shared more than 100,000 times. His page isn't the first to poke fun at Thai politics but we think it's definitely worth checking out especially if you want to see Uncle Tu having a fist-fight with Thaksin Shinawatra. We talked to Pop about his serious art of poking fun but at, his request, no serious political comment.

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    Politics as art

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 02/05/2018

    » You can observe Eiji Sumi's seesaw-like art installation from a distance, or you can engage with it. Either way, it's "play or be played", as the larger-than-life platform offers biting commentary on the mechanics of politics.

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    Swings and misses

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 15/12/2016

    » These theatre newcomers close 2016 with daring productions. Even though some of the results were uneven, their desire to make meaningful and thought-provoking art is palpable

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    Ornanong Thaisriwong feels violated

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 22/01/2015

    » The tag line for Ornanong Thaisriwong's B-Floor Theatre solo performance Bang-La-Merd two years ago, was "My Wonderfully Smiling City". For its restaging, which begins today at Thonglor Art Space, however, it has changed to "The Land I Do Not Own".

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    Break on through

    Life, Published on 08/02/2018

    » Heri Dono isn't afraid to push boundaries. In a way, he seems to operate outside of the normal confines altogether. With his cheeky, assured and politically engaging nature, Dono, born in 1960, has carved himself a position as one of Indonesia's leading contemporary artists. He was in town last week to give a talk at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and later this year he will be one of the 70 participants who will showcase their work at Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB 2018).

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    Looking ahead

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 05/01/2018

    » 2017 was a whirlwind of a year, but we are now in the budding days of 2018 and while we realise most of us are still recovering from holiday feasting, it's time to leave the past behind and look ahead. There are a number of reasons to be excited about 2018, from concerts to (possible) developments in the city itself. To kick off our very first issue of the new year, we at Guru have compiled a list of things to look forward to in 2018. Strap yourselves in. It's gonna be one heck of a year.

  • News & article

    Seeking freedom of speech, critics turn to comedy

    Reuters, Published on 19/07/2017

    » Dissent has been muted by the ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humour.

  • News & article

    Art attack

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

    » The art dispute of the year is upon us. As the art community sees the rift open up, it also reminds society of the ideological divide that has plagued Thailand for many years. The stage is the exhibition called "The Truth_ To Turn It Over" curated by Gwangju Museum of Art to commemorate the 1980 Gwangju Uprising against the military dictatorship; it's been almost a month since the show opened in South Korea, but it's still very much "an ongoing process" -- a very heated one at that.

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    Blinded by the light

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/05/2016

    » As stated in the text, "Oscillation", an exhibition at Chulalongkorn University's Art Center which opened earlier this month, "considers a state of actively moving back and forth between multiple reference points and ideas, during which meanings are produced and reproduced".

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    Netizens give PM a new look

    Online Reporters, Published on 28/11/2014

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may be a lot of things but one thing he definitely is not is a man who is easy to please.

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