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BANGKOK

Sutee Kunavichayanont: 

Stereotyped Thailand

100 Tonson Gallery

by BRIAN MERTENS

SUTEE KUNAVICHAYANONTThe Elegant Middle Finger 1, 2548,• 2005.• Mixed media. Dimensions variable.• Photo courtesy the artist.

With characteristic sweet parody, Sutee Kunavichayanont took on his own culture's propagation of stereotypes of Thai identity: simplistic official notions of a supposed "Thai-ness" expressed in politeness, gesture and ritual. This extends to certain clichés of traditional culture, like massage and boxing, nowadays promoted with foreign consumption in mind. These motifs have become all too familiar from decades of promulgation in the national school…

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