Artist Talk: Fear in Thai Art Community and Thai Society

You are cordially invited to An Artist Talk on the topic of FEAR IN THAI ART COMMUNITY AND THAI SOCIETY at WTF Gallery

Saturday 24 March 2012, 6.30-8.30pm.



- Prapat Jiwarangsan, Artist

- Wanrug Suwanwattana, Lecturer at Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University

- Thanavi Chotpradit, MPhil/PhD in History of Art and Screen Media, Birbeck, University of London




As the exhibition “I’ll never smile again” at WTF gallery closes at the end this month, the artist – Prapat Jiwarangsan will sit down and talk about the concept behind this show. The talk will be joined by Ms. Wanrug Suwanwattana, a lecturer at the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Thammasat University and Ms Thanavi Chotpradit, MPhil/PhD in History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck, University of London. The topic of the discussion will be “Fear” in our society and how it greatly affects art and cultural realm in Thailand. The speakers will also discuss how artists who work in Thailand should handle this fear and be able to express and criticize — which is the function of art in society.


The talk will be in Thai with consecutive translation to English.


Entrance is free with refreshments.


About I’ll Never Smile again:

I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN is an exhibition that conjoins the past of two places, of which the artist came across while studying Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art, London. The showcase of collective information, namely photographs, books, and places, from the Office of Educational Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, London, UK, conclusively became ‘The Impossible Dream’ exhibition.’ This conceptual idea has been inspired from the conversation between two artists(Pathompon Tesprateep and Prapat Jiwarangsan) discussing about the impact of conflict and the instability of the situation in the country in the past several years, together with some doubts in the political and sociocultural evolution, which leads to the representation as a conceptual art. Although, the historical evidence may not be the most significant factor, it provides us a good opportunity to review and to be aware of the existence as well as things that are missing; things we used to have and anything that is probably going to happen. Metaphorically speaking, this conceptual work aims to reach the invisible barrier between the belief in society and the thing that controls the direction of our social movement.


Data linked from the prior exhibition have been passed on to the homeland of the artist. Searching for truth isn’t the objective. What’s really matter are critical discourse inquiry, comparison, change of the outlook, understanding matters which are beyond your prediction and the value of being human, as well as the subjects which are acclaimed to be above humans . Whether for you to understand or to be able to interpret the message clearly depends largely on the ability to perceive dimensional art. All matters shown here are for you to consider whether you can still smile at these fictions.



Visitor Information

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm

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



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