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    Moral maze of modern Thailand

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 07/02/2018

    » In Mit Jai Inn's "Beautiful Futures", one is encouraged to step on artworks, walk right through canvases or dip a finger into fresh paint. Indeed, reverence -- or irreverence -- is at the centre of the Chiang Mai-based artist's exhibition, as he reflects on power and status, both in art and in life.

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    High hopes

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 26/01/2018

    » If Jim Thompson were alive today, Gerald Mazzalovo -- the Thai silk company's chief executive officer -- would want to ask him questions about his multifarious life. Not only did the late designer and founder of the Jim Thompson brand live through a tumultuous political era -- alternately as architect, spy, collector of antiques -- but he maintained relationships with local revolutionaries, European and American socialites and A-list celebrities, from Ho Chi Minh to Truman Capote.

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    Time-travelling textiles

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 22/11/2017

    » The clothes we wear in many ways convey to others who we are and where we come from. In the case of Indonesian traditional textile batik, this message is explicit, as patterns and motifs often tell the story of the wearer -- his or her geographical origin, family history and social status. The iconic garment piece, which reached national-symbol status for Indonesia, is currently the object of, and point of departure for, the exhibition "POLA - Patterns Of Meaning" at the Jim Thompson Art Centre.

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    Kick The Machine's hypnotic, dreamlike universe

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 03/11/2017

    » Sitting on the floor, our attention divided between three screens, we began to shift into a shadowy, dreamlike universe, penetrated by percussive sounds and guitar music.

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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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    Monarchical chronicles

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

    » In a 1970 address to librarians nationwide, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej compared books to knowledge banks, "a collection of everything mankind has built, done and invented since ancient times". His remark thus highlighted the importance of these everyday objects in the human experience.

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    A new Bangkok is not a better Bangkok

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 11/09/2017

    » "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Dickens's famous opening lines to <i>A Tale Of Two Cities</i> fits present-day Bangkok perfectly.

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    Taking the long view

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 09/08/2017

    » Internationalism, nationalism, ecological and political woes: Asia is a region as vast as it is diverse, and yet a place of shared worries and ideologies. In the travelling exhibition "Soil And Stones, Souls And Songs", the richness of Asia is contemplated, and as one of the largest travelling exhibitions to visit Bangkok, it transforms as it moves, from one country to another, from one art space to the next -- swelling and shrinking to match room capacity, renewing itself at every stop.

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    Changing the face of Bangkok

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 31/07/2017

    » A riverside promenade, an observation tower, new bridges and transportation lines -- just to name a few -- are among the numerous urban development projects that keep popping up on the government's agenda.

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    Art of war

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 21/06/2017

    » When five soldiers took a stroll down Sathon last Thursday to catch up on the latest art exhibitions in town, they stumbled on Paphonsak La-or's "Far From Home" series at Artist + Run Gallery on Narathiwas 22.

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