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An Unexpected Oracle

by gregory galligan

During recent political riots in Bangkok, a public sculpture proves to be a subject for meditation on art’s place in thai culture. 

A tourist posing in front of the Central world Plaza in Bangkok in the aftermath of the Red Shirt riots in May. 

Photo by Manit Sriwanichpoom. Courtesy Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok.

In May 2010, Bangkok was burning in more than three dozen places, while gun battles between government troops and guerilla-style “warriors” raged in a municipal park. The unrest had been sparked in late February…

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