Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography

  • VISUAL ARTS
  • FREE
  • EXHIBITION

NUS Museum

Free Admission
  • Starts on 15 Mar 2018
  • Ends on 30 Mar 2019
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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 247 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.

The second iteration of Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography was presented at the NUS Museum up until the end of March 2019, where it proposed ways in which para-institutional research reflect shared urgencies of finding other trajectories in the framing of art history and practice.

The third iteration of this exhibition, curated in collaboration with NUS Museum, will be showing at the ILHAM Gallery in Kuala Lumpur from 18 May to 25 August 2019. Its departure from the NUS Museum in March will continue to propose ways in which such independent research work by artists and cultural practitioners can travel, educate and solicit conversation with parallel studies in the region.

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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 satirizes Thai nationalism and consumerism with insight and humor 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.

Image: Detail from S.H. Lim, Phusadee Anukkha-montri #2 (ca. 1967). Image courtesy of artist.

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