As a way of celebrating their one year anniversary, YenakArt Villa is presenting all 10 photographs from the series Save Thai Buffalo by Maitree Siriboon—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. His 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.
On each photo, the painting on the buffalo has been inspired by a famous modern artwork or artist that Maitree liked when visiting the 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 be exhibiting some of his mosaic artworks, including The Issaan Tree—a piece that is exceptionally large (measuring 600x300cm).
June 10-July 31
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