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  • LIFESTYLE

    Personal scars, political history

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 12/10/2016

    » In "Under The Same Sky", the latest exhibition at Nova Contemporary by photographer Tada Hengsapkul and artist Chai Siris, personal history and that of the world entwine. In no way does the show appear to strive at having these narratives untangled.

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    Exhibition asks, 'Has happiness returned to Thailand?'

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/07/2016

    » If "Fear" -- Manit Sriwanichapoom's latest photography and video show, which opened over the past weekend at H Gallery, Tang Contemporary Art and Kathmandu Photo Gallery (and at Yavuz Gallery in Singapore at the end of the month) -- isn't the hottest topic of discussion in the capital's art scene already, it soon will be.

  • OPINION

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/02/2016

    » I wonder if People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters must, in one way or another, take responsibility for where we are now as a country, nearly two years under the military regime. This is if you care to look at the situation, out of curiosity and an attempt at straightforward reasoning, rather than vengefulness.

  • OPINION

    An unlikely muse to art of endurance

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 31/03/2016

    » So what's the latest? Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the draft charter by the Meechai Ruchupan-led Constitution Drafting Committee -- yes, the one with a wholly-appointed Senate and fixed senator posts for armed forces and police chiefs -- is up for the referendum and, I quote, "No one will dare to touch it."

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    Loud paintings

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/01/2016

    » Echoing the title of Paphonsak La-or's solo exhibition "Silent No More", his opening reception at Lyla Gallery in Chiang Mai on Boxing Day last year was buzzing with locals and those who had made the trip from Bangkok. Milling around, everyone in the exhibition room couldn't possibly have avoided the huge 7m-long centrepiece that comes with a shade of blue paint that is neither gloomy nor reassuring in the background. While there's a sentence in the middle, "This image is no longer available", the bottom text reads, "Love which was woven in our society leads to a great tragedy and sorrow".

  • LIFESTYLE

    The shape-shifting form of protests

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 06/10/2015

    » The streets remained empty and all was quiet when thousands of people gathered last Wednesday night to protest against the government's Single Gateway proposal. Protesters weren't, however, down at major landmarks like Asoke or Ratchaprasong intersections, but simply in front of their computer screens. By merely punching the refresh button, these protesters let their resentment known to the authorities by crashing at least six government sites, including the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

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    Breaking the bloody iceberg

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/07/2015

    » Teerawat Mulvilai knows he's being watched onstage. In his case specifically, it is with extreme scrutiny, a sense of wonder and perplexity. Standing very still seems just as significant as when he moves. He's done it many times before, namely in the first two instalments of his solo performance in Satapana (Establishment), which were Red Tank followed by Iceberg, last year.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Stage whispers

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/05/2015

    » The artistic career of Thanapol Virulhakul, director of the critically acclaimed contemporary dance performance Hipster The King, is a work-in-progress. It started out with a thesis project at Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, in which he made Buddhist amulets out of chocolate, sold them on the street and filmed reactions of passers-by and amulet experts.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The Cult: You're either in or out

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/10/2014

    » The girls at Monte Cristo School are overly demure and respectful. The school's shrine has a spot for a picture of the country's leader to which students bow with deepest loyalty and gratitude when passing by. They're musically adept, but only with Thai tunes. (Western songs like those of The Beatles are strictly forbidden).

  • LIFESTYLE

    Freedom, creatively speaking

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 22/02/2017

    » In many ways, "Condemned To Be Free", a duo exhibition which just opened last week at WTF Gallery, is in a constant state of flux. On the first floor, artist Kritsada Duchsadeevanich looks simultaneously at the transformation of his own political ideology and that of the country's political history. On the upper floor, painter Tawan Wattuya leaves out his watercolours and turns the gallery into an experimental space where the lines between art and activism, the authority of an artist and voice of ordinary people, are blurred.

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