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The artwork is inspired by the political history in Thailand. I made this collage from group portraits of young members of Thai elites studying in London during the reigns of Rama IV and Rama V (1804-1910). I found these portraits in an old library in the Thai embassy in London. These young men were princes and nobles who were sent to study in the UK in order to be ‘Westernized’. They were expected by the King to return to Thailand and develop the country into a prosperous nation. However, these educated young men also symbolized the aristocracy, which is the root of the class conflict. Thailand is one of the countries which has the widest gap between rich and poor, and the people in the group portraits play a major part in the conflict.  

I intend to make the collage in the shape of a throne, to symbolize their aristocratic status. I play with sepia color and texture of old photographs as well as the shape and position of group photos in order to imitate the shape of a throne.
The artwork is inspired by the political history in Thailand. I made this collage from group portraits of young members of Thai elites studying in London during the reigns of Rama IV and Rama V (1804-1910). I found these portraits in an old library in the Thai embassy in London. These young men were princes and nobles who were sent to study in the UK in order to be ‘Westernized’. They were expected by the King to return to Thailand and develop the country into a prosperous nation. However, these educated young men also symbolized the aristocracy, which is the root of the class conflict. Thailand is one of the countries which has the widest gap between rich and poor, and the people in the group portraits play a major part in the conflict.  

I intend to make the collage in the shape of a throne, to symbolize their aristocratic status. I play with sepia color and texture of old photographs as well as the shape and position of group photos in order to imitate the shape of a throne.
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Throne no.2 - Limited Edition 3 of 10 Photograph

Prapat Jiwarangsan

Thailand

Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 11.8 W x 14.2 H x 0.1 D in

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The artwork is inspired by the political history in Thailand. I made this collage from group portraits of young members of Thai elites studying in London during the reigns of Rama IV and Rama V (1804-1910). I found these portraits in an old library in the Thai embassy in London. These young men were princes and nobles who were sent to study in the UK in order to be ‘Westernized’. They were expected by the King to return to Thailand and develop the country into a prosperous nation. However, these educated young men also symbolized the aristocracy, which is the root of the class conflict. Thailand is one of the countries which has the widest gap between rich and poor, and the people in the group portraits play a major part in the conflict. I intend to make the collage in the shape of a throne, to symbolize their aristocratic status. I play with sepia color and texture of old photographs as well as the shape and position of group photos in order to imitate the shape of a throne.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:11.8 W x 14.2 H x 0.1 D in

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Prapat Jiwarangsan (b.1979,Bangkok) I am a visual artist from Thailand. I have a strong background in interdisciplinary art and research. I was trained in ceramics and glassmaking, but after studying at London's Royal College of Art, I have shifted my artistic practice to focus on fine arts. In my creative explorations, I usually incorporate a variety of media, especially photography and video, in order to investigate and represent the relationships between history, memory, and politics in Thailand—particularly in relation to the theme of migration. In the past four years, I have researched and developed a practice that explores the experience of migrant workers outside of their home countries. I see my work as a platform for artist, viewers and migrant workers to communicate and learn from each other. My installations have appeared in Bangkok, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Gwangju while my videos have screened at international film events such as Canada’s Images Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Experimenta India, and Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. Between 2012 and 2015, I worked as a full time lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. Currently, I am an independent artist, and I am based in Bangkok.
 http://www.prapat-jiwarangsan.com

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