Thai, Israeli artists examine effects of Covid

Behind The Mask Part 1 by Fluke. Photos courtesy of Embassy of Israel

More than 100 comic works by 24 Israeli and Thai artists are being displayed at "Thai x Israeli: Life Under Covid", a unique online exhibition presented by the Creative Economy Agency (CEA) and the Embassy of Israel.

The exhibition takes viewers through a fascinating journey that reflects on diverse perspectives towards panic, hope, survival and even humour amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is the first-ever cooperation in the field of comic arts between the two countries. Israel is known as a "Startup Nation" and for its creative people that have led the country in innovation while Thailand's CEA is an organisation that fosters the country's creative economy.

Twelve renowned artists from Israel have sketched in their own styles works that depict the impact of the coronavirus on their daily lives, society and culture from their own distinct viewpoints.

The line-up includes Michel Kichka, one of the most prominent Israeli cartoonists and caricaturists who creates comics in French and Hebrew for various media outlets; Ilana Zeffren, a comic artist and novelist from Tel Aviv who tells various kinds of stories including the gay and lesbian community in Israel; and Guy Morad whose work is featured regularly in Israeli newspapers and media.

A drawing by Ilana Zeffren. Embassy of Israel

The other 12 artists are from Thailand who reflect on how they have coped with the virus and the way art has eased this everyday anxiety.

They include Tai, Jiew & Hehaji Kai-Hua-Roh, a prominent trio in Thailand's comics industry; Nut Dao, an illustrator interested in his innermost feelings and daily states of being; Plariex who takes her surroundings as inspirations for her works; Fluke, an illustrator and advertising art director; and Suntur, an illustrator known for his minimal style and the uses of space technique.

The works are available for free viewing via Google Arts & Culture application and web.tcdc.or.th/th/Exhibition/Detail/Thai-x-Israeli.

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