Until 9 Sep, BACC together with over 20 Bangkok art galleries will be hosting one of the biggest art events of the year, Photo Bangkok Festival 2018, consisting of exhibitions, workshops, seminars, talks, and competitions.
One of the main exhibitions, Post-Repost-Share (Main Gallery, 7/F, BACC), explores the way in which social media has transformed photography from a static medium to one that can be shared globally at the click of a button. Focusing on contemporary southeast Asian narratives on society and politics, these images seek to reveal shared truths across state-lines—from Vietnam’s LGBTQ community in “The Pink Choice” by Maika Elan to Indonesian politics in Agan Harahap's “And Justice for All”, in which he superimposes celebrities onto images of his fellow citizens under arrest.
Thai New Wave: Multiple Planes and Perspectives
Another exhibition not to be missed is Thai New Wave: Multiple Planes and Perspectives. Split into two parts, "Multiple Planes" offers a minimalist space in which visitors are invited to think beyond traditional photographic boundaries, with guest curator, Mary Pansanga. "Perspectives" explores contemporary social issues through the eyes of five Thai new-wave artists, with guest curator, Alizz Vichchou. Visit on Jul 21 at 2pm for a curator's tour.
Away from the BACC, there are plenty more exhibitions to catch.
Amongst these are Framred - A Solo Exhibition (through Sep 9) by Italian fashion photographer Alessio Cocchoi at MOST Gallery (672/36 Charoenkrung Soi 26, open by appointment only), which explores the naked body and its interactions with water.
Meanwhile at Goethe Institut (18/1 Soi Goethe, Sathorn Soi 1), French Connection (through Sep 8) is an exhibition by French photographers that explores their connections with Thailand beyond the superficial themes of Buddhism, prostitution and beaches.
If you want to test your own photographic prowess, you can enter the Beautiful Bangkok: Smartphone Photo Contest
, which challenges entrants to submit three original smartphone images depicting Bangkok’s city scene. Submissions open here
until Jul 15
, with cash prizes of up to B40,000 up for grabs.
BACC, Rama 1 Road, 02-214-6630. Open Tue-Sun 10am-9pm. BTS National Stadium