Thoughts on democracy

Art January 08, 2018 16:31

By The Nation

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Kata Sangkhae’s solo photography exhibition “Narrative of Monuments” opens this Saturday (January 13) at Kathmandu Photo Gallery as part of the Project New Visions series 4.

Running through February 24, the photographs reflect the present faded state of Thailand’s historical memories, represented by the Democracy and Victory Monuments and King Taksin and King Rama I Memorials.

In the Thai context of waiting for the return to democracy, his photographs of the Democracy Monument may inspire hope or despair according to the viewer’s interpretation. Against the night sky, at times blurry and then in sharp focus but without detail definition, his non-naturalistic images of blinding light on the golden replica of the constitution convey tall white shapes invoking disembodied spirits.

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