September 24th to 1st November
Thai Politics is an ongoing series developed from the first major protest in Bangkok since 2006. Whilst exploring the differing political attitudes in Bangkok, the project also examines photography within an image rich world. Punctuating each addition to the series is not only a different dimension to people’s political views and behaviours, but also a different approach to how they are captured and presented. This includes curating images found across social media (Thai Politics no.2 and 4) to the more traditional approach of digital and film photography (Thai politics no.1, 3 and 5).
Thai Politics no.2 is a series of 62 Photshopped images collected from the “Thaksin where are you?” Facebook group. Launched in 2010, during an intense period of political speculation, the group wanted to find out the whereabouts of the fugitive and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was satirized and ridiculed within the group as participants added images of him in a wide variety of humorous scenes, from banal personal family snaps to scenes from “Harry Potter” and “Where’s Wally?”. The group no longer exists.