The challenge for artists to create new or innovative images about contemporary Thailand is the challenge of responding to the fact that this country lacks a singularly dominant, or characteristic, image to react against.
A photo by Soopakorn Srisakul.
In fact, this challenge may prove itself to be an impossibility because the contrasts here are so severe. Among any number of examples, we can think about the beach idylls of the South and the agrarian landscapes of the East; or move from the architectural anonymity of our cities to the diverse heritages of religious sites. Moreover, the traditional stereotype of Thailand as a place of sacred experience and sensual excess points to extreme ends of a spectrum, where anything and everything can exist in-between.
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