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    Life certainly is bleak

    Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/06/2015

    » Joyless, glum and uninspiring. These are just a few of the words ascribed to this year’s Venice Biennale. There’s truth in that — a considerable amount.

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    Art of breaking up

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 26/09/2014

    » A rehearsal room. A couple walk in," reads the stage direction for Cloture De L'Amour. Who the couple are is not made clear; he might be a playwright or director, while she an actress or choreographer.

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    Living in theatre

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/08/2015

    » Right after entering the theatre space on the fourth floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Vidura Amranand was lying on the floor, scribbling on an acrylic box “when was the last time I cried about him?” A bit further into the production, Navinda Pachimsawat Vadtanakovint stood in awe of the pool of light that showered over her own shadow.

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    It's elemental

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 17/06/2015

    » Paradiso Gallerie, just a few minutes walk off the Giardini waterbus stop in Venice, is either a gallery space with a café or a café with a gallery space. Regardless, it is where Thai artwork is housed. National Artist Kamol Tassananchalee's set of prints, paintings and sculptures, Earth, Air, Fire & Water, represents Thailand in the 56th La Biennale di Venezia, the high-profile international art show that began last month and runs until Nov 22.

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    Cool, complicated art

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/05/2015

    » This month's Art Matters runs the whole page. Should you find the idea unbearably tedious, here's a solution: the next paragraph pretty much sums up what's going on in the Bangkok art scene and, once done, you can go continue with more enjoyable things in life. Here goes:

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    Abstraction remains our faulty coping mechanism

    Oped, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/09/2016

    » A theatrical performance, Fundamental, which lends its physical movements and body language to reconstruct Thailand's hushed-up history of the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy students on Oct 6, 1976 has attracted the regime's attention.

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    Blinded by the light

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/05/2016

    » As stated in the text, "Oscillation", an exhibition at Chulalongkorn University's Art Center which opened earlier this month, "considers a state of actively moving back and forth between multiple reference points and ideas, during which meanings are produced and reproduced".

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    High hopes

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 07/05/2016

    » As a kid, rather than wanting to spend a day at Disneyland, Sutima Sucharitakul begged her parents to take her to museums -- a request they gladly granted. So it was places like the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert that they would visit when in London, the Palace of Versailles when in France, or churches and synagogues when in other European countries.

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    Wake up and smell the truth

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 10/02/2016

    » During a recent press tour of “Scene From A Wake” by Anup Mathew Thomas, this year’s winner of the Han Nefkens Foundation-BACC Award for Contemporary Art, there wasn’t really a tour. We were left to wander unguided, and consequently left confused, even though the Indian artist was present. The second attempt was through an email interview: “Suppose this is a virtual tour, can you take our readers through a few of your pieces in the exhibition?” Here’s his reply:

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    Bird on a wire

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/01/2016

    » Kawita Vatanajyankur feels like an outsider wherever she is. In Melbourne, where the 28-year-old artist spent a decade through high school and university, it wasn’t really home. Back in Bangkok for four years now, and she doesn’t feel Thai, either. Who she is as an artist and the person she is as she sits down for an interview are equally in a state of flux.

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