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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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    How to unlearn history

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 14/06/2017

    » When artistic director Adam Szymczyk proposed that audiences should go through a process of "unlearning to learn" to experience documenta 14 to its fullest potential, he really meant it.

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    Relentlessly restive

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 03/05/2017

    » 'I think they're just selling clothes here," said one of three girls, as they walked out of the narrow, circular corridor leading to an exhibition space at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre.

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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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    A region in flux

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 17/04/2017

    » What do four contemporary artists from three other Southeast Asian countries have that could resonate in a country like Thailand?

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    The historical made personal

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 06/10/2016

    » We don't know where they are -- a man and a woman, he in a white three-piece suit, she in a white wedding gown. Soon we find out that they don't know where they are either. Then we find out who they are, but soon realise they are not sure.

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    Personal scars, political history

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 12/10/2016

    » In "Under The Same Sky", the latest exhibition at Nova Contemporary by photographer Tada Hengsapkul and artist Chai Siris, personal history and that of the world entwine. In no way does the show appear to strive at having these narratives untangled.

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    Sense behind the madness

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/07/2016

    » One is either enthralled, frustrated or confused by Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films. It's possibly a reflex of a complex and conflicting emotion -- you are not sure whether it's yourself as an audience or Apichatpong as a filmmaker that inspire those reactions.

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    Battle of Indrajit a visual spectacular

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/11/2014

    » As splendid as ever, the Support Foundation's khon performance, The Battle of Indrajit: Nagabas, premiered on Loy Krathong day last week. Like shows in previous years, the beautiful dances, great acting, glittering sets, costumes and props did not fail to wow the audience. Satirical gags referring to the current political situation also brought a lot of laughter.

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    When photos were works of art

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Modern technology allows people to capture a dozen pictures per second with a smartphone. In the 19th century, one single photograph on collodion wet plate required an hour of setting up, and for the subject to pose, a process of artistic endeavour unthinkable to the instant generation.

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