In early 2016 I was welcomed as a resident artist at HOF and Surface Art´s space in Bangkok to develop a project about the infamous nightlife of the city, focusing more specifically on its ambiguous tourism industry.
As wild as Bangkok can get, the balance between local life and tourism seems to be one oddly well managed. In the Thai community there is a sense of profound respect for all, very much anchored to their spiritual devotion. For any “Farang” (foreigner) who knows and loves the land, this also comes first, in any given situation and place. Those less aware and taking advantage of the seemingly easy access to their desires and who allow themselves to misconduct will be sorely disappointed in the outcome. Experiencing Bangkok by night was intriguing, colourful, surprising, unsettling and overwhelming all at once. But most importantly I found that there was always some serenity to witness within the chaos of even the most controversial of places. That is the way I have wished to portray my nightly explorations. From joining the party crowds in never-ending, bar-filled streets to getting lost and finding beautiful street scenes, to hanging out with ladyboys in go-go clubs, I visited many corners of the city and tried to photograph with a neutral perspective.
I left with a feeling of deep gratefulness to have had such an opportunity to grow and humbled to have been accepted, for a little while, as part of Bangkok´s artist community. I met and collaborated with wonderful people and photographers who helped me open some doors that may have been kept shut, had I been a single wanderer in the rumbling belly of the City of Angels.