BANGKOK ENDLESSLY

2016

 

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. The result marks a transition in my work between an aesthetically focused, street photography approach and a growing interest toward narrative thinking. 

As wild as Bangkok can get, the balance between local life and tourism is one oddly well managed. In the Thai community, there is a profound sense of respect for all individuals, very much anchored to their spiritual devotion. For most "Farangs" (foreigners) who adopted the land, this is a well-known way of life. Those less aware will be sorely disappointed, dare they misconduct. Experiencing Bangkok by night was unsettling at times but more so intriguing. I found that there was always some serenity to witness within the overwhelming chaos of even the most controversial of places. It is the way I wished to portray my explorations. From joining the party crowds in never-ending, music-pumping, alcohol-flowing streets to getting rewardingly lost, to spending time with ladyboys in go-go clubs, I visited many corners of the city and photographed what called. 

I left with a feeling of deep gratefulness to have had such an opportunity and am humbled to have been accepted, for a little while, as part of Bangkok´s artist community. I met and collaborated with wonderful people who helped open some doors that may have been kept shut, had I been a single wanderer in the rumbling belly of the City of Angels.