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    Let's start with forever

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 23/08/2018

    » A newcomer to the Thai art scene, Mexican-Taiwanese artist Pedro Hernandez is holding his first solo exhibition at Speedy Grandma, as part of the Bangkok Biennial.

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    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.

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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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    The heaviness of history, worn lightly

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 28/02/2018

    » Suddenly, Thai traditional costumes have made a quiet comeback -- for at least a month or so.

  • NEWS

    Out of the shadows, almost

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 25/04/2018

    » The coming months could mark a turning point for Thailand as an art destination, as the country prepares to host not one but three major contemporary art events.

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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.

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    Subtly subversive

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 10/01/2018

    » 'I'm not an artist -- I'm only 50% of an artist," said Michael Elmgreen of the Nordic duo Elmgreen & Dragset on his recent visit to Bangkok.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

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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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    Yelo's hello to Kawee

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

    » Since the opening of Yelo House in August, this café-meets-gallery-meets-workshop space has been holding timely exhibitions and activities for those with an interest in arts and crafts but who don't necessarily seek out the gallery scene in Bangkok.

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