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    Threading her way through Islam

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/09/2016

    » The painting looks computerised, yet there are imperfections as if it was made by hand. Looking closely, the forms on the work seem abstract, yet from afar, they are clearly human figures kneeling down as if praying. Entitled Jamaah 2, an Arabic term loosely meaning the act of doing good in congregation with the community, the work is by Thidarat Chantachua, and it was the winner of the 2015 UOB Painting of the Year Award in the Established Artist Category.

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    Chart-ing Facebook

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/05/2016

    » It has been eight years since writer Chart Kobjitti, national artist and two-time SEA Write Award winner, published his book Lorm Wong Khui, a collection of articles written for Si San magazine. Eight years is a long time, especially for fans of various generations who literally grew up with his writing, from the cursed life of Ai-fak in 1981's Khamphiphaksa (The Judgement) that won his first SEA Write award, and the tumultuous story of life, friendship and lots of booze in 1988's Phan Ma Ba, to a miserable account of age and death in a nursing home in 1993's Wela (Time), for which he won the award once again.

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    Art to float your boat

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 17/08/2016

    » A watermelon is in the centre of the screen, and we watch it being gradually squeezed as two pairs of hands continuously put rubber bands around it. On another screen, a woman is in the middle of nowhere and suddenly takes out a toaster before hurling it away with all her strength like a hammer throw.

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    'A Painter from Bikaner' come to Bangkok

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/07/2016

    » At Serindia Gallery, all is still and calm until you look closer and everything -- the landscapes, animals and plants -- suddenly comes to life. Magnifying glasses are of course provided. In the exhibition "A Painter From Bikaner", Indian traditional miniature painter Mahaveer Swami presents a selection of his exquisitely detailed works whose subjects range from the mundane daily lives in India, landscapes and animals to tales from mythology.

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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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    Don't be afraid to have fun

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 11/02/2016

    » With cartoons, it's her recreation of incidents -- with simple drawings and snappy dialogue -- which draw our attention to the significance that lies hidden in the mundane. With her illustrations -- oftentimes incredibly detailed and reminiscent of Martin Handford's Where's Wally? series -- there is an in-depth knowledge about Thai society and characters of people that is colourfully imbued.

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    Loud paintings

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/01/2016

    » Echoing the title of Paphonsak La-or's solo exhibition "Silent No More", his opening reception at Lyla Gallery in Chiang Mai on Boxing Day last year was buzzing with locals and those who had made the trip from Bangkok. Milling around, everyone in the exhibition room couldn't possibly have avoided the huge 7m-long centrepiece that comes with a shade of blue paint that is neither gloomy nor reassuring in the background. While there's a sentence in the middle, "This image is no longer available", the bottom text reads, "Love which was woven in our society leads to a great tragedy and sorrow".

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    Butterflies and solitude

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 20/05/2015

    » The opening of 100 Tonson Gallery's "Chatchai Puipia: Sites Of Solitude. Still-Life, Self-Portraiture, And The Living Archive" last month seemed to have been an unmissable event for every prominent figure in the Bangkok art scene, except for Chatchai himself. It's not that there was something urgent he had to attend to; he had no intention of going, not when the show was being set up, nor when it was running.

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    Picture of a genius

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 04/11/2015

    » 'He was nothing else but just a painter," said Pablo Picasso's grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso. It was only when Picasso died, in 1973, that he started to realise how important his grandfather was, not just to the art scene, but to the world.

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    The air of familiarity

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/02/2015

    » Three artists, three exhibitions, three mediums, one message

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