Archive: Art in Bangkok
The world under water: powerful photos taken after floods

The world under water: powerful photos taken after floods

Gideon Mendel - Chinta and Samundri Davi, Salempur village near Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, August 2007

Gideon Mendel - Chinta and Samundri Davi, Salempur village near Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, August 2007
Gideon MendelDrowning World – Chinta and Samundri Davi, Salempur village near Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, August 2007

For a couple of years now, photographer Gideon Mendel has taken it upon himself to show the world what it is like in other parts of the world where the climate is very unfavourable to them. Mendel has not minded the dangers and lengths he has to go through to make sure he delivers the pictures in the clearest form possible. In his most recent project, Drowning World, he takes us round the world through his camera lenses and shows us calm portraits of flood victims in areas we would not expect. Drowning World shows the real picture of climate change around the world, the real picture behind the statistics and with real people the floods affect directly.

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Public Delivery: Artist moves to Thailand’s largest slum

Public Delivery: Artist moves to Thailand’s largest slum

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 7)

About Slum Vacation

Slum Vacation takes viewers on an up close and personal trip to the Klong Toey slums with a performance project by American artist Phil America, in which he builds a house to live in Thailand’s largest marginal settlement area (slum) for 30 days. He integrates himself into the local community, bringing awareness to the 1⁄3 of the world’s urban population living in slums.

Klong Toey, with an estimated population of 120,000 inhabitants one of the largest slums in Asia, is located in central Bangkok. This district also houses the Bangkok University Art Gallery, one of South East Asia’s most important non-commercial art spaces, in which Slum Vacation was first displayed alongside a sound and video installation.

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Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 1)

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 2)

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 3)

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 4)

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 5)

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 6)

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 8)

Slum Vacation by Phil America (video still 10)


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Artist takes dangerous trip to Bangkok’s underworld

Artist takes dangerous trip to Bangkok’s underworld

Phil America - The Nefarious Face of Chinatown - 3

The Nefarious Face of Chinatown is a solo exhibition of new works by American artist Phil America and shows a series of photos and artifacts from Bangkok’s Chinatown, a neighborhood considered to be the most authentic Chinatown outside of China. The works give an in-depth look at the underworld of one of the world’s most criminal neighborhoods in search of its true face.

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