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Future’s Ruins

Admission free

Period:28 Jan 2016 - 29 May 2016

Address:201, Soi 12, Sathon Rd., Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120 Thailand

Tel:+6685-021-5508

Service day:Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Service hours: 10:00-16:00

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Photographer and researcher Philip Jablon will display an installation that explores the experience of stand-alone cinemas during the “Future’s Ruins” exhibition at H Project Space from Jan 28 to May 29.

The work is based on his Southeast Asia Movie Theatre Project that documents and advocates for the preservation of the region’s remaining, and rapidly disappearing, stand-alone cinemas.

Started in 2009, the series is a multivalent account of spaces and structures that shape complex ideas about history, cultural identity and national heritage. His images of these now mostly dilapidated sites capture a great sense of Southeast Asia’s conflicted relationship to the historical ideals of modernity. The title of the exhibition refers to the utopian ambitions of early modernist design and here the buildings are not shells of past failures because modernity remains a desired state in the region. Rather, they are signs of a time that hasn’t happened or has yet to.

The cinemas’ ruination and on-going disappearance speaks to flux, confusion, and reinvention for our inevitably uncertain future — the underside of modernism’s international pretensions about a perfect world.

H Project Space is on Sathon 12 and opens Wednesday to Monday from 10am-6pm. Call 085-021-5508.

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A photo of Petch Siam theatre taken by Philip Jablon.

Photographer and researcher Philip Jablon will display an installation that explores the experience of stand-alone cinemas during the “Future’s Ruins” exhibition at H Project Space from Jan 28 to May 29.

The work is based on his Southeast Asia Movie Theatre Project that documents and advocates for the preservation of the region’s remaining, and rapidly disappearing, stand-alone cinemas.

Started in 2009, the series is a multivalent account of spaces and structures that shape complex ideas about history, cultural identity and national heritage. His images of these now mostly dilapidated sites capture a great sense of Southeast Asia’s conflicted relationship to the historical ideals of modernity. The title of the exhibition refers to the utopian ambitions of early modernist design and here the buildings are not shells of past failures because modernity remains a desired state in the region. Rather, they are signs of a time that hasn’t happened or has yet to.

The cinemas’ ruination and on-going disappearance speaks to flux, confusion, and reinvention for our inevitably uncertain future — the underside of modernism’s international pretensions about a perfect world.


H Project Space is on Sathon 12 and opens Wednesday to Monday from 10am-6pm. Call 085-021-5508.

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201, Soi 12, Sathon Rd., Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120 Thailand

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