The noble Thai buffalo is celebrated in the latest solo photography exhibit by Maitree Siriboon, currently on display at the YenakArt Villa. The show, which runs until July 31st, features all 10 photographs from the artist’s series entitled Save Thai Buffalo—most of which have never been shown before. The series also features images of the albino buffalo the artist is raising in his home-town, painted with the natural colours that are used in India for decorating sacred cows. This humorous series pays tribute to the noble buffalo, the animal that helped build Thailand into a rice-farming nation, and therefore into the modern nation it is today. But now, regrets Maitree, you hardly see buffaloes working in rice fields.
In each photo, the painting on the buffalo has been inspired by a famous modern artwork or artist that Maitree became fond of during his visits to various western museums. In a way the images underscore the “cultural shock” he had upon returning to his village after his first long trip to Europe.
In addition to the sacred cow photos, Maitree Siriboon will also be exhibiting some of his mosaic artworks, including The Issaan Tree—a piece that is exceptionally large (measuring 600x300cm).
This reprinted selection of Maitree’s work features both the photos that are being featured in his show, as well as some light-hearted “behind-the-scenes” outtakes and alternates.