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BANGKOK

Bangkok Art and Culture Center

Traces of Siamese Smile:

Art + Faith + Politics + Love

Interior view of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok.

The Thai language has distinct expressions for at least 14 different forms of smiling. Foreign visitors have long commented on the pervasiveness of happy faces; a British resident titled his 1935 memoir Land of Smiles, a slogan that Thailand today uses for national branding and tourism promotion. Smiles and their meanings served as a resonant, audience-friendly theme at last year’s inaugural exhibition of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre…

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