Friday, November 4, 2016

The Pornography of Politics Revisited

An exhibition by controversial Thai artist Vasan Sitthiket called 10 Evil Scenes of Thai politics 
opened at the Number 1 Gallery in Bangkok on 11 March 2010. 
The above painting is titled Meeting in Parliament.
Signing Contract for Megaproject
Innocent is Justice!
Begging from the Evil Gangster
Unlimited Happiness of a Minister
Stay Poor and Idiotic Forever
Just a Political Game

Vasan Sitthiket (วสันต์ สิทธิเขตต์), born on October 7, 1957 in Nakhon Sawan Province, Thailand, is a contemporary Thai visual artist. A graduate of the College of Fine Art in Bangkok, he works in many fields, including painting and poetry. He has staged three plays, written more than 10 books of poetry, children’s books and political writings.

Active since the 1970s, Vasan's works are often provocative and political in nature. One of his works was a performance art piece, involving fake rubber breasts and buttocks and a simulated rape of the entire nation of Thailand.

In 2000, an exhibition of a new collection that included 50 paintings featuring Thai politicians and military officers in sexually compromising poses was cancelled by Chulalongkorn University, five days before it was to open.

In 2005, he set up the Artist Party, a political art project that mocked the then-ruling Thai Rak Thai party and prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

At the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, he displayed some large-scale portraits of George W. Bush and other world leaders, created on canvas by using custom-made rubber stamps.

Vasan's media has also included drawings, woodcut prints, ceramic sculpture, installations and performances.

[Source: Wikipedia. First posted 13 September 2012]


11 comments:

Monyet King said...

Antares, perhaps you could try doing something similar to depict the Malaysian politics.

Crankster said...

Now that was very graphic. 0_0

Singam said...

So appropriately applicable here. What we can add is prostitute judges being jerked off over the judicial system while the politicians enjoy their rear ends.

masterwordsmith said...

I second Monyet King's proposal, Antares.

Thanks for this very unusual post! A visual experience of a different sort indeed!

Cheers

Antares said...

Don't forget Vasan is Thai and the Thais like everything outlined in bold - even their food is EXTRA SPICY! But isn't it refreshing to know that just across an imaginary border artists can express themselves so much more freely on canvas?

Anonymous said...

Bangkitlah !
We need joint forces from all level of RAKYAT.

Please view the following videos.

1st video :-
We the people – Charlie Chaplin speech remix
~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQu_l0sZb8o

2nd video :-
The Great Dictator – speech
~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkGhSDrDBtw

***********************************************.
The speech transcript from the clip is as below :-
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“… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls –
has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people , will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish. . .
Soldiers(RAKYAT) – don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers(RAKYAT) – don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written
“the kingdom of God is within man ”
- not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you, the people.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers(RAKYAT) – in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

The Power of all RAKYAT

Anonymous said...

aiyooyooo! anak2 sedang membaca ini lah, alamak !!

lim kit malam said...

yup, the picture depicting the faggot leader of a political party.

Antares said...

@lim kit malam - Hohoho, very witty... but calling people names like "faggot" or "pendatang" will NOT increase your intelligence nor will it raise your self-esteem. Look at your own blind spots - why are you so loyal to the samseng elite who have buggered the rakyat for generations? Are you one of them? Or merely their toilet cleaner?

Ipohgal said...

At least Vasan has the freedom to express himself in this way; over here, police reports will be made in no time by you know who!

masterymistery said...

unbelievably amazing! talk about "art with impact"! thanks for sharing.

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