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    The art of poking fun

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/06/2018

    » Tanawat "Pop" Prakammanu, 26, works as a graphic designer at an advertising agency in Bangkok and runs his Facebook page Prakammanu (, where he showcases his drawings in his spare time. He went viral after publishing an action-filled Avengers-inspired comic with a cast full of figures in Thai politics from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal. Pop poked fun at them with sharp humour (even though he insists he's a casual observer) and witty dialogues. His latest effort has been shared more than 100,000 times. His page isn't the first to poke fun at Thai politics but we think it's definitely worth checking out especially if you want to see Uncle Tu having a fist-fight with Thaksin Shinawatra. We talked to Pop about his serious art of poking fun but at, his request, no serious political comment.


    Looking ahead

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 05/01/2018

    » 2017 was a whirlwind of a year, but we are now in the budding days of 2018 and while we realise most of us are still recovering from holiday feasting, it's time to leave the past behind and look ahead. There are a number of reasons to be excited about 2018, from concerts to (possible) developments in the city itself. To kick off our very first issue of the new year, we at Guru have compiled a list of things to look forward to in 2018. Strap yourselves in. It's gonna be one heck of a year.


    Teeming with Theatres Part II

    Guru, Published on 10/11/2017

    » The fourteenth edition of the famous theatre fest returns with 72 shows by 58 performance groups over three weekends. They will take place at BACC and eight venues in Bangkok. Bangkok International Performing Art Meeting 2017 is part of the theatre fest and takes place from Nov 14-18. Here are some highlights of its second week.


    In Loving Memory

    Guru, Nimarta Narang, Published on 27/10/2017

    » 20 amazing tributes to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej from across the country.


    Leading by creativity

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 21/07/2017

    » For many of us, creativity was stifled during childhood and at school. This is a tremendous shame, as the power of creativity and the benefits it can have on society are endless. But there’s good news. When you repress something, it can bloom back in full force. And we’ve noticed a bit of a “renaissance” in the creative fields happening in the city as of late. From designers to dancers, actors to architects, painters to poets and singers to start-up entrepreneurs, Bangkok’s bubbling away with an energy never before seen. Creativity is living everywhere, from the way people are wearing their clothes to the way the food is being arranged on our plates. People are even incorporating beer drinking into their yoga routine. If that’s not creative, then we don’t know what is! This week, we spoke to ten people in Bangkok and beyond living on their creativity. If you’re looking for inspiration to fuel whatever it is that you live for, read on.


    From Barcelona to Bangkok

    Guru, Narada Sai-ngam, Published on 07/04/2017

    » Since settling in Bangkok in 2009, Spanish painter and graphic designer Daniel Monfort Gil continues to express his perspective on the Big Mango through art. His paintings depict ordinary characters in various everyday-settings while portraying the contrasts and liveliness of the beautifully busy Bangkok. The 42-year-old artist had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout his 23 year painting career. He had his first gallery show in Thailand called "Bangkok, Anytime" and published a book of the same name in 2014. We talked with Daniel about his work and life and his second solo exhibition titled "Bangkok, Anytime. Our World" at Serindia Gallery, O.P. Garden (Tue-Sun 11am-7pm, Charoen Krung Soi 36,, 02-238-6410.). The exhibition runs until Apr 30.


    Karma's on our Side

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 10/03/2017

    » Her name draws immediate intrigue. On one hand, it's just a damn cool and contemporary name. On the other hand, knowing that she's repping Thailand in an all-female group exhibition celebrating women for the occasion of International Women's Day, we're curious of what themes and images this clearly multicultural homie will bring to the table. We spoke to 29-year-old artist Karma Sirikogar to pick her brains about feminism and also learn more about her background and style of visual abstraction.


    Galleries' night!

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 03/02/2017

    » Ditch your regular after work plans for gallery hopping this Friday night and weekend. Galleries' Night, an artistic affair that will take up your time between 5pm to late, returns on February 3 and 4. Venues on the Sathon side open their shows first on a Friday night, while those on the Sukhumvit side will wait until the next night to launch their exhibitions. After that you're free to catch anything you missed. However, we're not gonna lie and tell you that you can or should visit, all 50 or so participating galleries over such short period of time. So, here's a manageable list of 10 that we think deserve a little more attention than the others, as you plan your nightly art crawl through Bangkok this weekend.


    Zoom into Love

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 18/11/2016

    » If you're a dancer or have ever been one, you'll know that most of it is practice. Practising at school. Practising at home. Practising on the streets. In the sheets -- wait no. The point is it's a lot of practise, a lot of behind-the-scene stuff. Which is not to say it isn't fun. It just makes the opportunity to finally perform in front of an audience all the more thrilling and worthwhile. That's the kind of attitude reverberating at Studio Zoom right now, as its 250 or so dancers prepare for the school's annual showcase.


    Musings on the Skywalk

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 04/11/2016

    » Some of you may have noticed Ratchaprasong Skywalk's recent spruce-up. If you haven't, read on to get with the times!

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