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    Making an artistic splash with a social conscience

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 29/11/2017

    » Kawita Vatanajyankur's video performances, set against candy-coloured backdrops, are both alluring and thought-provoking, as the artist is far more concerned with what's going on inside the candy factory than with bright and shiny wrappings, of the kind that has come to define our modes of consumption. With several major international exhibitions in 2017 -- including a stint at the Venice Art Biennale as part of the Alamak! Pavilion -- Kawita has been busy packing and unpacking, installing her works in locations around the globe.

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    A reluctant star

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 19/12/2017

    » Jay Fai usually opens her shop around 3pm. But these days, no matter how early you get to Mahachai Road, it's likely you'll find a commotion and a line of people waiting for a seat. Plastic chairs have been put out on the footpath, but an army of cameras and phone-toting would-be customers still stand in front of the kitchen and reservation tables, hoping to catch a glimpse of the "omelette queen" herself.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Women unchained

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 15/03/2017

    » 'It's called 'fair-ly tell'. Not fairy tale." Porntip Mankong asserts, pronouncing one syllable at a time. She says it with an air of someone used to battle against misspellings, and misinterpretations, of her work.

  • NEWS

    Domestic help better off as 'not in family'

    News, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 22/12/2016

    » Treating domestic workers as if they are "part of the family" may lead to attitudes that are likely to be detrimental to them, a United Nations (UN) Women study has found.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Corporation with a conscience

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 13/06/2018

    » Letters and postcards dating back to the 1880s adorn the walls of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, ordered in a chronological pathway leading to an exhibition by 15 contemporary Thai artists.

  • LEARNING

    A reluctant star

    Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 19/12/2017

    » Jay Fai has been a local legend for decades. But the award of a Michelin Star has made her into an overnight celebrity.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Time-travelling textiles

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 22/11/2017

    » The clothes we wear in many ways convey to others who we are and where we come from. In the case of Indonesian traditional textile batik, this message is explicit, as patterns and motifs often tell the story of the wearer -- his or her geographical origin, family history and social status. The iconic garment piece, which reached national-symbol status for Indonesia, is currently the object of, and point of departure for, the exhibition "POLA - Patterns Of Meaning" at the Jim Thompson Art Centre.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A misunderstood culture revealed

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 08/09/2017

    » Descending from the original inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula, the Orang Asli community has a long history, one that has been extensively recorded in Thai literature and history. Appearing in a wide array of texts, from King Rama V's play Ngoh Pah to the folk tale Sang Thong, their portrayals haven't always been positive or done justice to the wealth of their culture.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Spinning narratives

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 10/05/2017

    » What do a lazy Susan -- a turntable, and common sight in Chinese dining known in Thai as to jeen -- and a microwave have in common? They both rotate and carry food.

  • NEWS

    'The world is watching'

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 05/04/2017

    » Come late afternoon, just before the close of day, Bang Ma-neng sets out to sea. As always, he will ready his fishing gear on his boat -- slice some pla too into small pieces to bait his hooks, cast his nets and longlines -- before settling in for the night.

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