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    Underwater folly

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/06/2019

    » In the aquatic chamber, the tank looms. Encrusted and barnacled, the mighty war machine has become a home of fish and corals. It seems incapacitated, abandoned, useless. Such is an illusion: if the tank is submerged, we're down there with it, drowned in that inexorable aquarium. Look, its gun still points at us, and its shadow all-consuming.

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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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    Unanswered questions

    Life, Published on 03/10/2018

    » Tensions were running high last Wednesday at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) as hundreds of concerned artists, art enthusiasts and press dropped by to listen in on the news conference about the fate of the country's biggest public arts centre.

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    Takin' it to the streets

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 19/09/2018

    » It's an exciting time for the graffiti and street-art enthusiasts of Thailand. Banksy, Mr. Brainwash and Dotmaster have finally landed in the Kingdom.

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    Who pays for art?

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 02/07/2018

    » Should museums be funded by the state or by private sponsors? The question looms large with the current problems at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), the largest publicly-funded art gallery in the country -- and with the rise of many private galleries that seem to flourish with the burgeoning art scene.

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    The art of poking fun

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/06/2018

    » Tanawat "Pop" Prakammanu, 26, works as a graphic designer at an advertising agency in Bangkok and runs his Facebook page Prakammanu (fb.com/Prakammanu), where he showcases his drawings in his spare time. He went viral after publishing an action-filled Avengers-inspired comic with a cast full of figures in Thai politics from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal. Pop poked fun at them with sharp humour (even though he insists he's a casual observer) and witty dialogues. His latest effort has been shared more than 100,000 times. His page isn't the first to poke fun at Thai politics but we think it's definitely worth checking out especially if you want to see Uncle Tu having a fist-fight with Thaksin Shinawatra. We talked to Pop about his serious art of poking fun but at, his request, no serious political comment.

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    Time is not on our side

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/01/2018

    » This is a note on an important Thai film that is unlikely to be shown in Thailand. Such is the fate of home-grown cinema in a time of disease, the time of a black hole.

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    Fate vs luck

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 18/10/2017

    » In troubled times, what is it that we turn to? Is it faith? Superstition? Some of us will embark on a spiritual path, finding comfort or anguish in a never-ending quest, while others may rely on their Cartesian, scientific mind to get through. Some of us may leave it to luck to do its magic, tossing a coin and seeing on which side it lands.

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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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    Putting a face to corruption

    Life, Pattramon Sukprasert, Published on 18/09/2015

    » From poorly equipped school facilities and dubious construction projects to suspiciously wealthy politicians, the people of Thailand have heard, if not lived, with stories of bribes and back-room deals as far back as they can remember.

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