Thavibu Gallery has the pleasure of presenting the current exhibition HYPOCRISY by the Thai artist Vasan Sitthiket (b. 1957). The exhibition takes place in Bangkok on 12 May - 9 June, 2012 and features a series of paintings as well as an installation of carved Thai amulets (palad khik), carved from wood recovered from the 2011 floods, which are in the form of phalli. In this exhibition, he explores 'hypocrisy' and its many facets, in particular with reference to the conflict in the Middle East.
Vasan has come to the conclusion that man is merely a hypocrite. He is weak, fearful, selfish, and evil by nature. It is these traits that make man stupid and lacking in conscience, which in turn causes him to seek survival on a day to day basis through the ruthless acquisition of power and through language that intends to mislead and hide his truest ill intentions. All this contributes to the destruction of the beauty of the world in which we live and to the decline of arts and society in general.
Vasan Sitthiket is an activist and one of Thailand's most well known artists internationally. He is often labeled the enfant terrible of Thai art and a firebrand. It can be difficult to pin him down since he turns against anyone in power and he loathes the hypocritical ways of politicians and bureaucrats, as well as of business leaders and 'capitalists'. He seems to be an anarchist at heart.
Vasan Sitthiket is 55 years old and in addition to numerous shows in Thailand, Vasan has participated in shows abroad such as in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, USA, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, China and the Venice Biennale (Italy, 2003). His works are in important museum collections, and they have sold regularly at international auctions.
You are kindly invited for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 12th May 2012 at 17:00 (5 pm)