March, 2011

Thai Rak Japan

March 30th, 2011

Friday 1 April, 9pm – Late


A special edition of ‘Paradise Bangkok’ to help those still affected by the recent tsunami in Japan. All proceeds will be given to Japan Red Cross.

Bring Dancing Shoes, An Open Mind & Deep Pockets.


What The Festival Art Auction

March 25th, 2011



To celebrate our first year, WTF Café and Gallery is giving back to the community with a celebratory charity art auction as part of WHAT THE FESTIVAL. The event is open for public and will take place on 30 April 2011 at Opposite and include over 15 different artists with the goal of raising funds to purchase art supplies and food for village children in Kanchanaburi (see information below).

Our artistic policy is to bring great art to the people of Bangkok; to make it accessible, uplifting and transformative. Seeing art should be as easy as a night out on the town. We are hoping that this charity art auction is also a great way for artists to be promoted to collectors, institutions and the general public whilst giving back to society. 

Each artist will be represented on the WTF website, e-newsletters and the auction catalogue.

The event will begin with a one-hour preview with drinks and food where the guests can view the art works. We will create an inviting display. The preview hour will be a time for browsing and socializing, and our skilled auctioneer will be available to discuss the displayed works, and answer any questions that you or your guests may have.


Immediately following the preview, we begin the live auction, which should run for an hour. Our own professional, entertaining and experienced will provide a fun-filled and informative auction in a relaxed atmosphere. This may be your chance to own an artwork by one of Thailand’s prominent artists, as all bids will start from 1,000 Baht. 


1.    Steven Pettifor

2.    Wesley Hsu

3.    Amornsri Pattanasitdanggul





Alice Kemp

Siamese Fighting Fish, 2011

Oil on canvas

23 x 28cm






Chalit Nakpawan

Untitled, 2011


40 x 50 cm




Gap T-bone

Natty, 2011

Wood craving

20 x 20 x 80 cm







Jakapan Vilasineekul 

Midlife Crisis, 2002


20 x 27.5cm





Kathy Macleod

Jelly Frame, 2006

Oil on paper

56 x 75 cm





Kwanchai Lichaikul

Megalomaniac Army of Giants, 2011

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 80 cm





Nigel Price

Head, 2010

50 x 68 cm

Charcoal/pastel on paper





Piyatat Hemmatat

No.12 (from Civilisation series), 2009

Digital print

50.8 x 50.8 cm






Pongsuang Kunprasob

Untitled, 2011

83 x 68 cm







Sutee Kunavichayanont

Chalit, 1988


83 x 68 cm






Thaweesak Srithongdee

SMM, 2009

Media acrylic on canvas

90 x 70 cm




Vasan Setthiket

The Face of Freedom, 2011

Acrylic on canvas, 2011

100 x 120 cm





Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch 

Dog, 2007


15 x 35 x 33 cm





Yuree Kensaku

My flowers, 2011
pen on paper
26 x 30.5 cm


This Was A Magazine

March 22nd, 2011
Wednesday 30 March, 7pm | Opening Reception
30 March – 7 May 2011
WTF Gallery is pleased to announce an installation of photographs by Christopher Wise. His work recalls his experience working as a photographer for travel magazines around the world and pays homage to an era when film was the common format for capturing images. The history of his assignments and published stories comes to life through optical prints (made from negative enlargements rather than digital prints or digital image capture) as well as contact sheets and pages from the magazines where the images were published.
All of the prints in the show were made to be published in physical magazines, where four colors of ink—cyan, magenta, yellow and black—are layered on paper to create images. The images were created by light affecting photosensitive emulsion on film, an analog process that continued with the resulting negative being used to filter light onto photosensitive paper, transformed briefly into digital form for the pre-press process, before returning to analog pages again and bound together to make a magazine. The prints were made from 1999-2009, when most magazines still preferred to work with film. Since then transition to digital has become complete—and some titles now exist only in digital form, to be experienced as glowing images from computer screens or tablets.
The photographs in THIS WAS A MAGAZINE document the places and stories that Christopher Wise passed through, and also a photographer’s evolution and education, from beginner to professional, and from visitor to resident of Thailand.  Like saved tickets to a show, the stub of a boarding pass, or a restaurant bill, the prints are now relics from the photographer’s small adventures in the world.
The prints will be available to buy and take away after the opening night. Once they are taken off the wall, the buyer will write instead: THIS WAS A PHOTOGRAPH OF…. Therefore, as the show progresses the gallery will empty—and others take away the images, to imbue them with their own memories and meaning.
His work has been published in Travel+Leisure, Budget Travel Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler US & UK, Gourmet, Departures, Men’s Vogue, GQ, Details, Monocle, Men’s Journal, ITT 2006 Annual report. His photographs have been recognized by the American Photography (AP) competition — images were chosen for AP 17, AP 21 and AP 23. His personal photo essay, Pattayaland, was shown at the Angkor Photography Festival 2007 and exhibited at Kathmandu Gallery, Bangkok in 2009.
Christopher Wise grew up in the woods of  Vermont. He has worked as a photographer based in Bangkok since 2001. Before pursuing photography he was a graphic designer in New York running his own agency
Visitor Information
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 3-10pm
Free Admission
WTF Café & Gallery
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor
For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila – Managing Director
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 89 926 5474


What The Festival FRI 29 APRIL

March 19th, 2011


All in Glorious 7” Singles

March 14th, 2011

Friday 25 March, 9pm ‘til late

A night of 101 songs (spinning at 45 rpm) by DJ Sonny


For the first time in Bangkok: all tunes, all on shiny 7" vinyl singles. 

Playing the best and the worst of girls group, casual caff pop, Tamla Motown, bedsit indie, horn-rimmed heartbreaker, c-86, northern soul, soft rock, avant 80s pop, carboot treasures, novelties, lovers rock, Tesco thrift trash pop, rare grooves, skinny tie 70s, French pop, wah-wah, bubblegum, quiet storm, folk funk, hipshakers, handclappers, guilty pleasures and Great Lost Singles.




Gogochas LIVE! March 11th

March 8th, 2011

Friday, 11 March, 8:00 pm

The Gogochas are back, again! 

Come enjoy Okinawan traditional music and a mix of acoustic and folk by quartet of Jun-Sanshin/Melodica, Hiroshi-Percussion, Mick-Guitar and Alice-Flute. 

More repertoire, more songs, more fun!



A Celebration of Freedom & Artistic Expression

March 3rd, 2011
March 18-19-20, WTF Gallery and Café will host –I am Liu Xiaobo– a celebration of the life and work of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisioned Nobel Laureate Chinese writer and human rights activist. 
Some of Thailand’s most exciting and provocative young artists—musicians, painters, DJs, and poets—will perform work inspired by Liu’s commitment to freedom of expression. Performers include “live-painters” Vasan Sitthiket and Kwanchai Lichaikul; DJ Maft Sai of the ZudRangMa radio show; Tul and Pump of indie rock band Apartment Khun Pa; and poets Zakariya Amataya (winner of the 2010 SEA Write Award), Mongkol Plienbangchang, and Sompong Tawee. 
The celebration at WTF is presented in conjunction with a worldwide series of readings organized by Internationales Literaturefestival Berlin to draw attention to Liu’s case and the cause of freedom of artistic expression. 
Artists & Performers:

Vasan Sitthiket
Kwanchai Lichaikul
DJ Maftsai
Tul & Pump, Apartment Khun Pa
Zakaria Amataya
Mongkol Plienbangchang
Sompong Tawee
Colin Cheney
Mrigaa Sethi
and more…
On December 10th, 2010, Chinese writer and activist Dr. Liu Xiaobo was given the Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." However, his chair on the stage in Stockholm was empty: Liu remained imprisoned in the People’s Republic of China. In 2009, on Christmas Day, Liu was sentenced to eleven years in prison, charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” 
Liu’s most recent arrest was sparked by his participation with the “Charter 08 Manifesto,” released on the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. However, Liu has been imprisoned many times before for his pro-democracy and activism, most notably his involvement in the Tiananmen Square Protests in 1989. 
The “Charter 08 Manifesto” calls for sweeping political changes in China, and the writers’ nineteen specific demands include: legislative democracy, guarantee of human rights, election of public officials, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and freedom of expression. Despite intense international pressure, Liu remains incarcerated in Jinzhou Prison. 
Yet, Liu Xiaobo’s case is not the story of one man: he represents all those in China—and other nations around the world—who struggle for democracy, human rights, and free-speech. 
Each artist participating in I am Liu Xiaobo brings his or her own unique perspective on freedom and artistic expression in Thailand. Each night will also feature readings of Liu Xiaobo’s poetry in Thai and English, as well as selections from his letters from prison and excerpts of the controversial “Charter 08 Manifesto.” 
Friday, March 18th, 8.00pm, painters Vasan Sitthiket and Kwanchai Lichaikul will create original paintings as part of a “live-painting” performance accompanied by DJ Maft Sai. Vasan Sitthiket is a painter and writer who’s multimedia works respond to nature, sexuality, and economic and social problems in Thailand and around the world. Inspired by dreams and the imaginaton, Kwanchai Lichaikul’s paintings engage the interconnected uncertainties in modern society: politics, religion, environment, and culture. Through his radio show, CD compilations, and Paradise Bangkok parties, DJ Maft Sai combines tough Jamaican roots and raw funk with the deepest molam and far eastern psyche rock to surprise and delight Bangkok listeners. 
Saturday, March 19th, 8pm, Tul and Pump, the front man and guitarist for the popular independent band Apartment Khun Pa, will perform original songs, and collaborate with several poets on original improvisational works. Deeply committed to free speech, Apartment Khun Pa write songs about everything from politics and ancient myths to philosophy and fashion. Poet Zakariya Amataya, winner of the 2010 SEA Write Award, will join performance poets Mongkol Plienbangchang and Sompong Tawee. 
Sunday, March 30th, 8pm Ing K, artist and film director will be reading an original poem by Liu Xiaobo before special film screening (tba) with post screening Q&A director Tawarin Sukhapisit.
Internationale Literaturfestival Berlin has called for a series of worldwide readings of “I wait for you with dust,” a poem written by Liu to his wife from prison, and excerpts from the “Charter 08 Manifesto.” The festival organizers hope the events will call attention to the plight of Liu Xiaobo and allow artists to stand in solidarity with those who are persecuted around the world for expressing their beliefs and creating controversial art. 
Visitor Information
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 3pm-1am
Free Admission
WTF Café & Gallery
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor
For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila, 
Colin Cheney
T/F: 02 662 6246
M: 089 926 5474