Exhibition co-curated by Very Thai author opens in TCDC Bangkok.
The exhibition Philip Cornwel-Smith co-curated, Invisible Things, will open in TCDC Bangkok after its successful first run in TCDC Chiang Mai last cool season.
The show revolves around everyday objects of the kind found in Very Thai that are so familiar they go unnoticed. Yet because they are so accepted, they tell us a lot about cultural values.
In a cross-cultural contrast, we chose 25 Thai and 25 German objects, along with videos and photographs of everyday life. The Thai photography is by Dow Wasiksiri.
Philip and his co-curators Martin Rendel and Piboon Amornjiraporn will join a panel talk at the opening in June 13. The show will run at the Grand Post Office Building in the Charoenkrung Creative District from June 14-September 15. See you there – or be Invisible… #tcdc #invisiblethings#creativedistrict #verythai #verybangkok
Exhibition of ‘Very Thai’ style everyday objects from Thailand paired with ordinary objects from Germany. TCDC Chiang Mai’s show during Chiang Mai Design Week 2018. Running November 24-2018 till 3 February 2019.
ZEN Department Store outdoor gallery, Ratchaprasong, Bangkok
Outdoor exhibition of 122 photographs on 2-metre long panels. Most by me, with invited work by Dow Wasiksiri, John Goss and Austin Bush.
24 Sept 2012-Feb 2013
Literally millions of Bangkokians and visitors will have passed by and seen this exhibition, which was visible both at ground level on the plaza on Bangkok’s busiest corner, and also from passing vehicles and from the overhead walkway beneath the SkyTrain.
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นิทรรศการภาพถ่าย “ VERY THAI ” ที่ได้แรงบันดาลใจจากหนังสือขายดี “ VERY THAI:Everyday Popular Culture ” เป็นหนังสือสำหรับนักท่องเที่ยวสายพันธ์ใหม่ในสายตาของผู้เขียนฟิลิปส์ คอร์นเวลล์-สมิธ และช่างภาพ จอห์น กอสส์ ชาวต่างชาติสองคนที่เข้ามาใข้ชีวิตอยู่ในเมืองไทยมากว่าสิบปีแล้ว เพราะฉะนั้นภาพวิถีชีวิตที่พบเห็นตามตรอกซอย ตึกแถว และสวนจตุจักร มอเตอร์ไซค์รับจ้าง ถุงพลาสติกใส่น้ำดื่ม ลูกกรงเหล็กดัด และปลัดขิกต่างหากที่เค้ารู้สึกว่ามีเอกลักษณ์หรือความโดดเด่นไม่ซ้ำแบบบ้านเมืองอื่น
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ใครพลาดไปมาดามขอบอกว่าวันนี้เป็นโอกาสสุดท้าย! เพราะเค้าจัดถึงวันที่ 6 ธ.ค. เท่านั้น ที่ ZEN Outdoor Arena ศูนย์การค้า CentralWorld งานนี้เข้าชมฟรีค่า
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“Very Thai” Review of Central World Plaza
By Globetrottinggourmet on 23 October 2012
‘A vast mall, rebuilt after the recent riots. But worth a detour this month, just to see Philip Cornwel Smith’s massive photos of everyday life gracing the mall exterior. Go in the evening when they are lit. (I also liked his book, same name: Very Thai).’
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Books about Thai culture!
Kauai1234 (PA) posts: 114, reviews: 4
May 12, 2011, 2:15 PM
Anyone have any recommendations about good books about Thai culture? Ever since I have returned from Thailand I am fascinated with this country and want to learn more about the people, their culture, etc.
Let me know:)!
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iwsteve1 (Isle of Wight) posts: 28, reviews: 3
May 13, 2011, 9:10 AM
‘Very Thai’ published by River Books
Gives a good insight into modern Thailand & what makes it tick
also answers a lot of those questions you wonder about but don’t know who to ask
7. Re: Books about Thai culture!
ctrunfree (Melbourne, Australia) posts: 2,266, reviews: 93
May 13, 2011, 11:14 AM
+1 for “Very Thai”- very informative, and funny!
นิทรรศการภาพถ่าย “VERY THAI”
VERY THAI : Everyday Popular Culture
by TUL on OCTOBER 15, 2012
นิทรรศการภาพถ่าย “VERY THAI” ที่ได้แรงบันดาลใจจากหนังสือขายดี “VERY THAI: Everyday Popular Culture” จัดแสดงภาพสวยๆ สะท้อนวิถีชีวิตในสังคมไทย ผ่านเลนส์ของช่างภาพชื่อดัง
นิทรรศการภาพถ่าย “VERY THAI” จัดแสดงตั้งแต่วันนี้-6 ธ.ค.นี้ ที่ ZEN Outdoor Arena ศูนย์การค้า CentralWorld ชมฟรี
จัดโดยสำนักพิมพ์ River Books, Serindia Gallery และ ZEN
รายละเอียดเพิ่มเติมเว็บไซต์ : http://www.facebook.com/ZENMegaStore
By Catherine Wentworth • October 1, 2012
Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture…
As a tourist to Thailand I enjoyed experiencing a country so very different from where I was living at the time, Brunei Darussalam. Being able to buy booze without leaving the country was also an attraction.
But when I finally moved to Thailand I switched from a carefree tourist mindset to expat mode. The country around me, previously a kaleidyscope of sounds, smells, and clashing colours, started to come into focus.
Along with the focus came questions. Like, why do Thai taxis have those dangly bits hanging from their mirrors? And why do beggars crawl face first along the sidewalk? And why are Thai police uniforms so darn tight?
When I asked other expats their answer was always the illuminating (not) “I dunno”. Being me, I needed more, so I started my own search into the why’s of Thailand. Hit and miss, the answers to a few Thai quirks are discussed in posts on WLT.
Then I found Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture, by Philip Cornwel-Smith. Very Thai answered many of my “why” questions, and some I hadn’t thought of yet. And now I hear there’s a Very Bangkok in the works. Excellent!
These days, when a new expat breezes into Thailand, I don’t arrive at their housewarming party with the obligatory bottle of wine and chocolates. I gift them with a copy of Very Thai instead.
Very Thai Photo Exhibition…
On Sunday I jumped into a taxi to view the Very Thai Exhibition in front of ZEN in Bangkok.
You really can’t miss it as the presentation is well placed.
It’s a small exhibition with larger than life-sized photos from Very Thai.
I wasn’t the only one curious, a stream of viewers kept popping in front of my camera.
Many found it easy to walk along the exhibition slowly, savoring the eyecandy as they went.
This photo was my favourite eyecandy of all.
While there it came to me that the photos from the exhibition would be the perfect backdrop for smartphone snappers in Thailand. Because, except for in grocery stores (where it’s off-limits to take photos of veggies) you’ll find people posing in front of just about anything. And I still don’t know why that is.
Sidenote: the editor of Very Thai is Alex Kerr. You might remember the review I wrote of Alex’s excellent Bangkok Found awhile back. And seriously, if you want to know more about Thailand, you couldn’t go wrong with both Very Thai and Bangkok Found on your bookshelf.
10 Responses to “ Very Thai Photo Exhibition: Bangkok ”
Disclaimer: The last photo has been doctored. The lovely Thai lass generously posed in front of a different set of photos but I felt driven to move her back a bit (all the way to the beginning of the exhibition).
Danyelle Franciosa Oct 2nd, 2012 at 6:29 am
That was extremely beautiful and great photo exhibition in Bangkok. The place are great and good for relaxation. Thanks a lot for sharing this!
Thanks for stopping by Danyelle 🙂 The exhibitions is so colourful and fun, I’m expecting to see photos on FB with different people posing in front of the posters.
Love that exhibition! I have not yet read the book, though I really REALLY would love to get my hands on a copy. I plan to buy one when we visit again.
Another book with great photos is Bangkok Inside Out by Daniel Ziv and Guy Sharett, but I think it is out of print. It caused a stir with Thailand’s Ministry of Culture with the photos of some of the sex workers in the red-light district.
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Hi Amy. It if you enjoyed Bangkok Inside Out, you are going to be blown away by Very Thai. Philip has a passion for hunting down the tiny details of the popular culture and history of Thailand and it shows in the book. You can get Very Thai on amazon.com but if that’s what’ll take you to get back here, even for a visit, then I’m all for it 🙂
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Catherine – Thailand has many strange ways and many unanswered questions including the one shown in your bottom photo. Why do Thai women make the Thai two finger salute when posing for photos and what does it mean? I tried to answer that one myself a couple of years back and came to the conclusion it dated back to Siam’s war with Burma in 1767 and their(Siam’s) soldiers index and middle fingers used to draw a bow. If taken prisoner the Burmese would cut them off. However, right or wrong there’s still many answers to Thais strange quirks I’d like to know.
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Thanks Martyn. I remember when you wrote the article about the two fingered salute. When I went to Burma early this year I took a photo of a Burmese girl who gave the same. As soon as I pointed my camera at her, just like the gal in the photo above, she whipped out those two fingers. So perhaps it’s doesn’t have anything to do with Burma vrs Thailand? Or… it could be that she knows nothing of the history behind the finger salute. An unsolved mystery.
Catherine – Perhaps the Burmese archers made the same sign back to the Siamese. Here’s the link to the post;
Martyn, that could be it. Back then armies fought mostly close together (unlike now). So both sides taunting each other makes sense. I need to reread Very Thai to see if there was a mention anywhere (it’s been years).
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I bought this book as a present for my parents on my first stay in Thailand. Disappointingly, they never gave it more than a cursory look. Such a shame as I think it still holds up as one of the best insights into Thai culture available in printed form. Your idea of using it as a housewarming gift, Cat, is a magnificent one too. Here’s hoping Very Bangkok is out by the time I make my next trip!
Also if anyone’s still reading this thread, Alex Kerr is the author of a couple of excellent books on Japanese culture (Lost Japan is one, the other slips my mind just now (maybe it’s called Dogs and Demons… not sure). Highly recommended if Japanese culture interests you.
Very Thai Exhibition in front of ZEN in Bangkok
by Richard Barrow on September 29, 2012
One of the best books about Thai culture and life, Very Thai by Philip Cornwel-Smith, now has a photo exhibition in front of ZEN in Bangkok. The exhibition runs from now until 6th December 2012. ZEN is part of the CentralWorld complex and has easy access from BTS Chidlom. The free exhibition is outside so check the weather report first. For more information, check out the Facebook page for Very Thai.