BANGKOK — Human misery transcends class, and a particular malaise is abstractly expressed in the photos of a recent film grad and self-confessed member of the hoi polloi.
Being middle class, photographer Muangthai Jirawongnirandon said, doesn’t mean roads are paved with roses, as they have human hearts as well. The 22-year-old recent Thammasat University graduate will offer his roughly defined take on the human condition through the lens of his life and landscape photography later this month in “Untrue Blue.”
“‘Untrue Blue’ reflects a common saying I’ve always heard when depressed. People often say there are many people out there who suffer more than I do, as they don’t even have money to buy food or clothes to wear,” the 22-year-old photographer explained his first exhibition’s title. “Why can’t middle class people be miserable? The photos are questions about the emotion.”
Muangthai spent three years taking photos in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan, 11 expressive photos of which were chosen to represent his own confusing period of transition after graduating.
“Through photos, I reexamine my past mistakes; things I haven’t done and also my unknown future,” said the film studies graduate.
The opening party starts at 7pm on Aug. 26 with the kind of post-rock, instrumental music and some servings of homebrew beer found at art-bar Jam Cafe, located just off lower Sathorn Road. The exhibition runs through Sept. 16. Jam is a short walk from BTS Surasak.