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  • LIFESTYLE

    Love story anchored in angkor shines light on past

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 26/05/2013

    » Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples are among mankind's most mystical and beautiful feats of architecture and sculpture. Beyond the passage of kings and the flows and ebbs of invasions, however, little is known of their creation and the daily life of the people at the time. While many modern-day Cambodians and visitors alike are moved by the remaining monuments and artistic beauty, not much has been written of their historical context.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Playing with the gods

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 31/03/2013

    » The paintings of "The Player" exhibition contain elements of thangka art and other Himalayan forms, pop art, surrealism, traditional Ramakien and personal inventions _ all in multicoloured oils on canvas. The photographs on adjacent walls are more subdued _ black and white travel portraits with emphasis on light and darkness and the inner nature of their subjects.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Photo journey brings myanmar into the light

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 07/04/2013

    » From mountains to beaches, monks to spirits, colonial architecture to hill tribes, Myanmar is a gem of contrasts and natural beauty. It is also sublimely photogenic, making books such as the newly published Burmese Light: Impressions of the Golden Land, by Hans Kemp and Tom Vater, visually arresting.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Striking impressions: Exhibition explores Tony Jaa’s softer side

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 11/11/2012

    » Elephants aplenty. Bunnies, gorillas and cartoon caricatures. Flying kicks, elbow attacks, headbands and bandaged wrists, fierce martial arts poses or more pensive representations.

  • NEWS

    After the horrors, Cambodia looks to reclaim its heritage

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 14/10/2012

    » For decades, thousands of Khmer antiquities have been sold on the international art market and through major auction houses in London, New York and elsewhere, bought up by leading museums and wealthy collectors. A large portion of these artefacts came with little or no ownership history, meaning they could well have been looted from temple complexes by thieves during the country's years of political turmoil, with Cambodia powerless to stem the trade or repatriate any of the items.

  • LIFESTYLE

    In a postmodern world, a return to the traditional

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 28/10/2012

    » Pakorn Klomkliang, curator of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, describes Songrit Muaiprom's work, as "filled with rich simplicity, unfeigned, unsophisticated, raw and without embellishments". While the pieces in "Northeastern Thai Buddhist Art", Songrit's first solo exhibition, are clear and accessible, that doesn't diminish the dexterity of the artist nor the relevance of his work. He won first prize in the Traditional Thai Painting category at the Bua Luang Painting Exhibition this year, and has won many other awards and been featured in several group exhibitions.

  • TRAVEL

    Yen and the art of travelling on the cheap

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 02/09/2012

    » There is a sign on the door of the Capsule Inn Tajima near Ueno Station in Tokyo discouraging tattooed patrons from making use of the baths or overnight capsules. This is aimed at Yakuza, organised crime figures, who once had leverage over urban businesses but whose influence has waned somewhat in recent years, even in the entertainment districts where they used to thrive.

  • TRAVEL

    All that wasn't washed away

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 19/08/2012

    » At Koh Kret a Mon man points to a mark on the wall at the height of his head. "The water was here," he says of last October and November. "It was a bad time."

  • TRAVEL

    Going deep into the waterways of life

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 01/07/2012

    » Visitors to Bangkok 100 years ago described a city of tree-lined canals and floating markets, of languid ferry drivers taking people around town. In a modern age of choking traffic, concrete high-rises and hectic urban life, such images of the past are still layered with nostalgia.

  • TRAVEL

    It's time to meet the neighbours

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 15/07/2012

    » It vies for the title of most photogenic country on earth. Bigger than Thailand, with a similar size population, Myanmar has through years of international financial sanctions fallen behind the rest of the region in terms of influence and standing, with a military government that didn't tolerate threats to its authority. Nevertheless it has some of the region's most variegated scenery _ from mountain trekking to pristine beaches _ stunning temples and sites, delicious food, and the great sincerity and beauty of its people.

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