A selection of Ohm Phanphiroj's indelibly beautiful and infamous photographs of underage, topless, Thai male streetwalkers are included in "Night Shift", an exhibition that provides glimpses of the lurid, strange glamour and mostly dramatic landscape of nocturnal hedonism and its detritus.
The ambiguity of Ohm's works - what is he saying about the lives of these kids? How can these photographs aid understanding? - claim an important power for photography: we don't know how to look at them and therefore they avoid a partisan, overly ideological view which could insist that images do, or say, one thing or another.
Further, Ohm's photographs forcefully raise questions about ethics and representation - what does it mean to reveal the identity of these kids? - but, in doing so, he confronts issues around the function of art and photography. If art serves an affirmative or moral function it is not doing what it does best: exploring humanity in all its terrible variety.
"Night Shift" reveals itself as a powerful exhibition in terms of questions of ambiguity and ethics and what it means to represent marginal denizens, the destitute, the caught-unawares and the mess-ups of nocturnal lawlessness. From Cherdwood Sakolaya's black-and-white shots of grinning, sexy and languorous homeless to the doll-like but cynical poses of Bangkok go-go girls captured by Ekkarat Punyatara.
"Night Shift" continues at Rooftop Gallery, 440/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 until June 10.
May 10, 2013 to June 10, 2013
- Open days
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 to 19:00
- More info
Rooftop Gallery, 440/10 Soi Thong Lor, Sukhumvit 55 Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
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- Mobile number
+66 (0) 8 6533 0402
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