Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography

PROGRAMMESFEB-JUNE 2019

EXHIBITION AT ILHAM

Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography

In collaboration with NUS Museum, Singapore and Manit Sriwanichpoom.

18 May – 18 Aug 2019, Level 3

Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography gathers images taken in Thailand during the 1950s to 1970s by seven photographers Buddhadasa Bhiku, Liang Ewe, S.H. Lim, Saengjun Limlohakul, Pornsak Sakdaenprai, ’Rong Wong-Savun and M.L. Toy Xoomsai. By assembling these bodies of works, the project offers conjectures on film photography and ethnographic lines of inquiry. The remastered prints potentially survey photographic traditions at the onset of Modern Thailand, suggesting views such as celebrity and cosmopolitan life alongside inland societies and the periods antecedent to Thailand’s tourism in the 60s.

Manit Sriwanichpoom (b. 1961) is an artist who lives and works in Bangkok. His photography-based works are held in the collections of institutions in Europe and Asia, and he has been known for his exhibitions that satirise Thai nationalism and consumerism with insight and humour since 1996. The project Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography involves many years of Manit’s personal research. Its recent reiteration showcases the works of seven Thai masters of photography that Manit has sought out, gathered and restored.

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