German-Thai relationship examined in photos

A German restaurant in Bangkok photographed by Ralf Tooten. Photo: RALF TOOTEN

The charming atmosphere that connects two countries is presented during "German Traces In Bangkok, Thai Traces In Berlin", at RCB Photographer's Gallery 2 in River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24, until March 31.

Held to mark 160 years of Thai-German relations by the Goethe-Institut and the German embassy, this is an extensive photography exhibition that features stories from two very different cities whose influences are captured through the lenses of renowned photographers -- Ralf Tooten in Bangkok and Wolfgang Bellwinkel in Berlin.

Their 21 images shine a light on details that might go unnoticed but will surely change the way we perceive cityscapes. More importantly, viewers are invited to go out into the streets of Bangkok and Berlin to rediscover these traces for themselves.

The concept and idea of this project is based on the experience of Maren Niemeyer, a Berlin-based journalist, filmmaker and cultural manager who came to Bangkok in 2016 to take the role of director of the Goethe-Institut.

While immersing herself in the Thai metropolis, she would occasionally see something familiar, something that could only originate from Germany. Over the years, a long list of German traces in Bangkok was put together with Thai traces in Berlin.

Launched at the exhibition is a book of the same title by German writer Martin Schacht who uncovers thrilling stories that represent the multi-faceted relationship between the two countries through 200 pages that include illustrating pictures. The book is available in German, Thai and English.

There is no admission fee. Visit rivercitybangkok.com or call 02-237-0077/8.

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