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    Memories buried in soil

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/07/2019

    » Memories and war, illusory borders and invisible scars: These themes are resonant in two documentary films shown late last month at the SAC Film Festival (hosted by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre). In the Thai documentary Din Rai Dan (Soil Without Land), a Tai Yai man in Shan state talks about his life as a waiter in Bangkok and as a soldier in his ethnic army. In the Vietnamese film The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil, a group of men in a rural village bear the indelible wounds of the Vietnam War, still stinging after 40 years.

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    Tai dishes the dirt, Au lashes Chor party, Blue feels heat

    News, Mae Moo, Published on 14/07/2019

    » Former actress Saitarn "Tai" Niyomkarn has dished the dirt on her former boyfriend, accusing him of raising a wife and family on the sly and systematically defrauding people.

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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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    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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    Art under stress

    Life, Published on 02/12/2015

    » Life's critics take a look at how artists in different fields reflected upon Thailand's political situation over the past 18 months — or why they chose not to.

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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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    Book fair crowds a beacon of hope

    News, Taam Yingcharoen, Published on 11/04/2018

    » Over 1.8 million people attended the 46th National Book Fair & 16th Bangkok International Book Fair from March 30 to April 8, leading printing businesses to express optimism that Thailand's reading culture will revive.

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    Finding inspiration in the classics

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/08/2016

    » Media gurus love to harp that print media is a sunset industry. Few of them can offer a solution. Yet editors and publishers see where the tide will turn when they look at Atikhom Khunavuth, journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of Way Magazine. The 46-year-old always looks at the publishing scene with insight and perspective; he moved his magazine online while turning his monthly print version into a thick quarterly volume for subscription only. Respected as a man with content, Atikhom shares his reading list.

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    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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    Talking books

    Life, Post Reporters, Published on 14/09/2015

    » Thailand's most prestigious literary honour, the SEA Write Award, has announced its shortlist. With nine writers in the race, the largest number ever, we talk to them about their art, awards, politics and literary ideals before the prize is announced in October

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