Photo exhibition examines the conservative nature of Thai culture
published: Nov 1, 2021, 4:30 AM
The emotional experience is the subject of the photographic exhibition “Saving Face”, which takes place at RCB Photographers’ Gallery 2 of River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24, until December 5th.
Bryce Watanasoponwong, a Thai-Australian photographer, recounts his Covid-19 lockdown experience in Bangkok, where he felt overwhelming waves of feelings but found it impossible to express them publicly due to societal boundaries.
The exhibit reflects the modest and conservative nature of Thai culture where people find it difficult to express negative feelings due to the belief that it is a sign of weakness that can lead to social rejection. As a result, many generally hide their feelings in order to save face and to protect their self-esteem and perception by their peers.
Alternatively, however, the artist chose to express his feelings and emotions through art. Her vibrant photographs resemble watercolor paintings, with various immutable shapes and mixed colors that represent her changing feelings.
An abstract image of Bryce Watanasoponwong. photo courtesy of Bryce Watanasoponwong
As an ongoing journey of self-reflection as described in his previous show, “The Colors of Emotion,” from two years ago, the new exhibit also reflects American psychologist Paul Ekman’s ideas on emotions as that continuous process.
Fearing that unexpressed emotions could lead to mental health issues, the artist hopes her works will inspire those who fear publicly expressing their feelings to consider the depth of the emotions within them and find some form of expression for them. good. and others in society.
Currently based in Bangkok after many years of practice in Sydney, Bryce draws inspiration from the societal engagement and visual illusion found in our shared public spaces. His work is influenced by abstract expressionism and contemporary forms of frank, political and glued images.
The exhibition is open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no admission fee.