Maitree Siriboon, Buffalo Boy (2), 2013, Digital print (Lambda, Giclée), 120 x 80 cm (Giclée, ed.3). Price: US$ 2,700, 90 x 60 cm (Lambda, ed.3). Price: US$ 1,880
Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition Buffalo's Heart - showcasing photos and mosaics by Maitree Siriboon as well as a performance on the opening day.
It was the buffalo through its hard work that helped build Thailand into a rice farming nation and then into the modern nation it is today. The artist says: 'Today however, we hardly see buffaloes working in the rice fields, and yet they remain one of the most respected animals in Thailand. Their numbers are decreasing rapidly, and they now have assumed new roles as a decorative item, a family pet, a source of food, and as a cultural icon for tourism purposes'. The buffalo has had lasting influences over Thai culture and beliefs and historically has represented positive attributes. However, in recent times, the buffalo has become a metaphor for many negative attitudes toward people. The word "buffalo" ("kwai" in Thai) is often applied to describe someone who is less educated, foolish, stupid, or who is difficult to train. The dichotomy of attitudes towards this important animal is a symbol of changes in Thai society.
Maitree Siriboon, 30, graduated from Silapakorn University in 2006. He is a multi-talented artist who does photography, mosaic collages, installations and performances. Maitree often combines his inner childhood memories with contemporary dreams. Apart from Thai exhibitions he has also been widely exhibited - in Laos, Singapore, France, China, United Kingdom, Cambodia, Korea, USA, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. He has also been represented at the Biennale in France and the Triennale in China.
You are kindly invited for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 15th June 2013 at 17:00 (5 pm).
There will be a music/dance performance by Isan children, so please be on time.