Thai Politics no. 5
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Miti Ruangkritya, Thailand
Editor: Miti Ruangkritya
Publication date and place: 2014 / Bangkok, Thailand
Edition: 500 all signed and numbered by the author / Print on Demand
Format, binding, and size: Approximately A5 (Size vary a little as books are cut manually on each order / Soft cover & Stapled)
Number of pages and images: 88 pages and 83 images
Type of printing and paper: Laser Printer / Standard White paper, 80 gsm
Thai Politics no.5 contains 84 tent images of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee group’s #occupybangkok campaign, taken at the beginning of 2014.
The PDRC aimed to dispossess the influences of the former exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinnawatra and erected campsites throughout Bangkok during the protest, which later moved to Lumpini – a 57.6 hectare park in the city.
The city quickly became subsumed by this new presence, as tents sprang up within the streets, next to the roads, besides electricity poles, under public stairways and within car parks.
The tents not only disrupted the city in their strange and surreal appearance but also impacted the environment. Campsite waste was released into the lakes killing the fish, and the tents prevented government officials from watering the trees.
‘Thai Politics’ is an ongoing series developed from the first major protest in Bangkok since 2006. Whilst exploring the differing political attitudes in Bangkok, the project also examines photography within an image rich world. Punctuating each addition to the series is not only a different dimension to people’s political views and behaviours, but also a different approach to how they are captured and presented. This includes curating images found across social media (Thai Politics no.2, 4, 7, 8 and 9) to the more traditional approach of digital and film photography (Thai politics no.1, 3, 5 and 6).