BANGKOK — Politics, religion and truth clash in photographer Nipon Intarit’s latest exhibition opening Saturday at RMA Institute.
A student’s identity is washed out in gold foil glitch in one image, while the sacred proves convenience-store commodity in another.
After making photographs for five years, the 37-year-old has taken questions about notions of truth in society to his work. His exhibition titled Som, or orange, is meant to represent not just the dominant red and yellow political strains, but also a melange of Buddhist morality and human identity for viewers’ to gauge their own norms.
“Our society has certain discourses, such as justice, morality and purity to force conformity on people. If they’re violated, everything is delusive,” Nipon said. “Political ideology affects and bounds Buddhism. The current political turmoil would be solved if we have a systematic discussion. On the contrary, people discuss it in terms of morals which is erratic and not universal,” the photographer from Sukhothai added.
The opening reception for Som starts at 6pm on Saturday at RMA Institute and runs through July 31.
The gallery is located on Soi Sainamthip 2, just off Soi Sukhumvit 22. It can be reached from MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, BTS Asoke or BTS Phrom Phong.