When viewed with sensitivity and an open heart, the potency of this photographic series—the work of photographer and independent filmmaker Shane Bunnag—grows all-absorbing, revealing a soul ever in touch with the elemental spirits of place. In this instance they are the nature entities of the Mani, the fabled peninsular of Greece, which had been the artist’s childhood home. Shane captures the soul of each site through long exposure shots of his model dancing in worship of the local Greek gods. The resulting images are hallucinatory, like the sacred mushroom visions celebrated in ancient religious rites.
Kathmandu Photo Gallery
87 Soi Pan, Silom Rd | Tel: 02 234 6700
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm | kathmanduphotobkk.com
This unique exhibition presents a series of pictures of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved father of Thai people. For this particular show, artist Jakkee Kongkaew has selected the 37th royal song as the title of his presentation (the titular song was also His Majesty’s first attempt at composing lyrics). The artist has painstakingly created the prints on display by using traditional woodcut technique. It is his aim that this technique will help express his gratitude as he reminisces about the late King, who will always remain in every Thai’s heart.
Ardel’s Third Place Gallery
The Third Place, Thonglor Soi 10, Soi 55 Sukhumvit Rd
Tel: 02 714 7929 |Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm | thirdplacebangkok.com/gallery
Thai artist Jakkai Siributr (born in 1969) explores social contradictions and political frictions in Thailand and Southeast Asia today. Through a combination of irony and empathy, his work casts a critical eye on entrenched customs and power-holders, probing legitimacy. His oeuvre encompasses all contemporary media, utilizing techniques, images, and vernacular materials which act as conceptual clues via their embedded cultural references, communicating complex ideas. In this predominantly new body of work— a H Gallery exhibition curated by Iola Lenzi for BACC—the politics of ethnicity and religion extends to an investigation of sectarian violence from Thailand to Myanmar
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
939 Rama I Rd | Tel: 02 214 6630-8
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-9pm | bacc.or.th
This highly anticipated “resident show” features a group of six artists who have been working for about six months to prepare for this particular exhibition. The styles on display will range from expressionist, to traditional, to pop-art. All of the resident artists are from different backgrounds, and they hail from all over the Kingdom of Thailand. Each artist brings different talents—and influences from their own background—to their overall individual style. The resident artists who will be showcased during this month long show are: Chonkhet Phanwichien, Tinna Hongngam, Prapote Kamjinda, Preecha Raksorn, Pisanu Prasoetphol, and Somchoke Mahachanon.
Sathorn 11 Art Space
404 Soi 11 Sathorn Rd | Tel: 02 004 1199
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-7pm | sathorn11.com
This latest exhibition by Anchalee Arayapongpanich presents a series of bold and fanciful paintings inspired by thriller and horror movies. The artist appears in every painting, imitating various portrayals of famous actors in her favorite Hollywood blockbusters. The interesting thing about this series is that it depicts the artist’s urge for new things, something that would spice up life’s mundane routine. Impersonating characters brings her excitement, adventures, death-defying missions, and all the things that ordinary people never have a chance to experience. Through her skillful hand and extraordinary brushwork, we are drawn into a new and imaginative dimension.
Ardel Gallery of Modern Art
99/45 Belle Ville, Boromratchonnanee Rd | Tel: 02 422 2092
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10.30am-7pm, Sun, 10.30am-5.30pm | ardelgallery.com
Rook Floro, a half-Thai, half-Filipino emerging artist, displays a cluster of colourful installations, sculptures, paintings, photography, and a video. Viewers are welcome to explore the immersive world created by the artist as he envisions the story arc of “Blastard”, the most recent alter ego of the artist. Detached from his surroundings, he’s been trying to realign his fantasy with reality by liberation of self. Solitude may be the answer he seeks. Without realizing, he’s slowly shifting into another alter ego, “Corvus”. The artist is trying to capture the space in-between his two alter egos.
69 Soi Prasart Suk, Yenakart Rd | Tel: 086 705 4280
Viewing hours: Mon-Fri, 2pm-7pm | yenakartvilla.com
This exhibition of contemporary artworks by Thanutcha Leelangkura, an artist from Silpakorn University, presents stories of Buddhism and science, arguing that Buddhism stays beyond the time, and that humans are lost in desires and science that will never lead to the core of the Buddhism. The word Ayatana is a Buddhist term that has been translated as “sense base”, “sense-media”, or “sense sphere”, while the number 6 refers to the six senses—a mix of abstract and factual. The artworks attempt to embrace the infinite passionate nature of humanity. The philosophical scope of the show is metaphysical in nature, and the artworks try to convey the idea that humans will always have more and more desire. The smart technologies that have been created by humans reflect the desire of people to satisfy their six senses. The artist shows the viewer that the growth of science creates an unstoppable desire that will finally lead to the disgrace of mankind, and thus humans will never understand the core of Buddhism, which is timeless. As an artistic exercise the artist has created this exhibition, which express her thoughts on these spiritual issues.
Number 1 Gallery
19 Silom Rd, Soi 21 | Tel: 02 630 2523
Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm | number1gallery.com
This group exhibition by four young Thai female artists—Chomphupak Poonpol, Napatsakorn Nikornsaen, Nuttinan Phukama, and Athapha Rattanaphongthara—questions the state of being the “defendant of love”. It asks, “Why we have to surrender?” We silently press the pain in ourselves and try to change the pain to be something acceptable which is very ironic. So here we are, always the defendant of love, like the female protagonist in Thai rape-culture TV drama. Expressing their own thoughts and feelings they develop their art pieces by exploring the feelings of pain and oppression that are thrown to them.
2198/10-11 Soi Narathiwas 22 | Tel: 089 117 3434
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-9pm | tentaclesgallery.com
This group show, featuring Thai and Indonesian artists, draws upon sociological theories and analyzes the processes through which societies as a whole, and groups within them, can deal with the challenges associated with membership and interaction within a culture. Social issues in contemporary Thailand and Indonesia are moved by a similar current of cultural transitions: redefining what it means to be a Southeast Asian. Introspection into the ever-changing society is prompting questions of “who decides what is normal?”, and “how long does a cultural moment matter?” On the verge of a new regional structure, Thai and Indonesian societies are still finding and asserting what roles their cultures will play in the ASEAN community. The nine artists in this show include Alisa Chunchue, Anon Pairot, Chayanin Kwangkaew, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, and Kitikun Mankit (all from Thailand), alongside Antonio S. Sinaga, Patriot Mukmin, Theo Frids Hutabarat, and Rega Ayundya Putri (the Indonesian contingent). Using various media, such as photography, oil painting, video art, and installation, the artists explore the nuances in the expressions of identity and social interactions—touching upon politics, superstitions, voyeurism, and self-analysis.
Subhashok The Arts Centre
Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit 39 | Tel: 02 662 0299 |
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5.30pm, Sun, 12pm-6pm | facebook.com/sacbangkok
This immersive exhibition features the work of Wisut Ponnimit, including his newest short animations and original production animation drawings. Varying from one short cartoon to the next, the show creates—via the loveable animated characters the artist has created over the past 20 years—a sequence of “left-or-right” consequences for viewers to examine. Wisut, a selftaught animator, director, and music composer has, since 2003, produced his original animations, and created music and animated work projections. Since 2009 he has been producing monthly online animations, each entitled Short Short Story by Wisut Ponnimit, for audio-technica Japan.
Bangkok CityCity Gallery
13/3 Sathorn Soi 1 | Tel: 083 087 2725
Viewing hours: Wed-Sun, 1pm-7pm | bangkokcitycity.com
This solo exhibition by award-winning artist Praween Piangchoompu presents a new body of work depicting a series of tranquil room spaces, installed with few objects. The serene nature of his artwork symbolizes a feeling of peacefulness in one’s mind. His simple compositions are accentuated by the gradual shade of lights. This exhibit showcases the artist’s remarkable skill as a woodcut printer. By painstakingly scraping, scrubbing, and carving the surface of a woodblock, his pieces require multiple printing processes to create multi-shading of the same colour. Precision, accuracy and patience are essential in this complicated art making process.
La Lanta Fine Art
245/14 Soi 31 Sukhumvit Rd | Tel: 02 260 5381
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-7pm, Sun by appointment | lalanta.com
Ao Kim Ngân (aka: Yatender) is a Saigon based image-maker. She was discovered by Vietnam-based artist Richard Streitmatter-Tran who introduced her to 1PROJECTS. Her work reminds many of photography of Ren Hang, the provocative Chinese photographer who recently passed away at the age of 29. In this exhibition, the people in Yatender’s photos are contorted and in uncomfortable positions. Strangeness intrigues her. She focuses on each scar and bruise—interested in the sensitivity and vulnerability of human beings. She wants to capture feelings, and in the process, learn how to accept them as a part of the body.
672/36 Charoen Krung 26 | Tel: 02 639 6582
Viewing hours: Tue-Fri, 2pm-6pm, Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm | mostgallery.com