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    Let's get political (art)

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 08/03/2019

    » With the upcoming general election finally happening on Mar 24, the fate of the city hangs in the balance of voters hoping for some actual policy changes that leans toward democracy. However, some may express scepticism and while expressing one's doubts and criticism could be met with scorn and censorship, there are a few people who have expressed their opinions in other forms -- namely street art. Enter Headache Stencil, an anonymous masked political painter whose art usually deals with Thailand's recent social and political happenings.

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    Sex, truth & politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/09/2017

    » In Uthis Haemamool's new novel, the protagonist's erotic adventure runs parallel to Thailand's political education. A man's carnal quests and sexual outbursts become, in a way, an allegory of a larger social context as the country goes through three coups d'etat and several convulsive protests in the past 25 years. The awakening of the loin as a metaphor for political orgasm, physical penetration as an analogy for abuses of power -- <i>Rang Haeng Pratana</i> (Silhouette Of Desire) is a novel that, Uthis admits, presents him with many risks as a writer.

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    Centre stage in Bangkok

    Life, Published on 27/12/2018

    » Another dynamic year for the Bangkok theatre scene comes to a close. Here are some of the highlights and our top five theatre productions of the year.

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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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    When in doubt, have fun

    Life, Published on 26/07/2018

    » Since opening Artist + Run in Bangkok, Angkrit Ajchariyasophon's curatorial work has somewhat supplanted his artistic practice. But the day-to-day management of his busy gallery on Narathiwas 22 and off-site exhibitions hasn't kept him from producing new works, which have been exhibited in Thailand and abroad.

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    Thailand's Thasnai facing a jury

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 27/06/2018

    » Thai artist Thasnai Sethaseree, whose monumental-scale paper collage work questions Thai historiography and structures of power, is among the finalists nominated for the 2018 Signature Art Prize in Singapore.

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    The art of exile

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 28/06/2017

    » The snowy mountaintops of Sweden, France or the United States, painted on Paphonsak La-or's canvases, aren't dispatches from the artist's overseas travels.

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    Hanging politics on the wall

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 31/05/2017

    » Art and artists aren't as detached from worldly matters as many like to think. In the past couple of years, contemporary artists have undoubtedly given form to some of the most daring and powerful expressions of our collective feelings of angst, unrest and hope -- while increasingly becoming aware of, and subject to, the restrictions on freedoms that are in place.

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    An alternative dimension

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 09/11/2017

    » Entering Chai Siris' exhibition at Gallery VER is in many ways like penetrating a spirit house. Once shuffled through the door, visitors find themselves plunged in semi-obscurity, surrounded by life-size banana trees and landscape views that cover entire walls.

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    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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