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  • THAILAND

    Three months of edgy grassroots art

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Bangkok's first-ever Biennial officially kicked off on Sunday night with an evening aerobics session on the Chao Phraya riverside at a popular spot for dwellers and sports lovers beneath the Rama VIII bridge. The choice of location -- anchored in Bangkok residents' daily lives -- and the disruptive event itself -- complete with ceremonial opening remarks and a ribbon-cutting moment -- set the tone (i.e. caustic, critical and edgy) for the many art exhibitions and activities to be held in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand in the coming months.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    Entertaining a dark soul

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 15/11/2017

    » Writer Franz Kafka's sombre, absurd, yet resolutely modern universe has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers; his novels and short stories having provided the basis for several film adaptations, from Orson Welles' critically-acclaimed The Trial to lesser-known movies such as Michael Haneke's The Castle. As part of "Unfolding Kafka Festival 2017", an expert explains how Kafka's works continue to fascinate readers and audiences, in large part due to the Czech writer's sharp intuition and "prophetic" perception of modern-day woes.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    Reacting to the seen and unseen

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 21/09/2017

    » Just a couple of blocks away from the busy Sanam Luang area, where preparations for the royal cremation ceremony have entered their final phase, the exhibition "Pause. A Reflection On Disarray" offers a little respite, a little time and space to ponder our human reactions to things that come our way -- mud splashes both physical and metaphorical.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    Saving the city

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 11/08/2017

    » An activist fights against developers to stop mega-projects from taking over the city and destroying communities.

  • LIFE

    The timeless present of the moment

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 02/02/2017

    » When walking around Kamin Lertchaiprasert's installation Nothing Special, one enters a meditative state comparable to the one experienced by the artist as he was sculpting the 364 ceramic bowls used for his piece.

  • THAILAND

    Web crackdown draws ire

    News, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 24/12/2015

    » Academics have slammed the military's iron grip on cyberspace following the 2014 coup.

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