Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thunska's Terrorists and Kisses at BACC

Thunska Pansittivorakul's latest controversial feature The Terrorists (ผู้ก่อการร้าย, Poo Kor Karn Rai) will screen in Thailand after all.

Not in a commercial run at a cinema, because, with its mix of politics and penises, it would never be passed by censors for that. But it will be part of an exhibition at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

The Terrorists will show on the sidelines of the Dialogic exhibition at the BACC, which runs from Thursday, July 21 until September 25. The opening reception is at 6pm on Thursday.

Thunska will have video installation in Dialogic called KISS = ปี้, which looks at "farang-styled kisses" vs. "Thai-styled kisses", and, in the same vein as The Terrorists and his other recent features, will comment on politics and history and the treatment of homosexuals and "terrorists" – folks on the fringes of society.

You can find out more about Thunska's work at the Dialogic website.

Other artists taking part in Dialogic are writer Lom Penkaew, designer Pracha Suveeranon, visual artist Surasri Kusolwong, performance artist Pattarasuda Anuman Rajadhon, multimedia artists Mahasamut Bunyarak and Sedhawat Aoudha, architect Singh Intrachooto and singer Tul Waitulkiat of the rock band Apartment Khunpa. In the exhibition, the artists "interpret the cycle of birth, pain, and death and all that it entails, from eating to sleeping to having sex", according to an item in the Sunday Nation.

The Terrorists, also in competition this week at the New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland, screens at 3.30pm on Saturday, July 23 at the BACC.

The screening venue is a corner of the BACC's eighth-floor gallery, on a bare white wall where there are a handful of beanbag chairs strewn around. If you want a seat, get there early. It's on the sidelines of Dialogic as part of the Morbid Symptom screening series by Film Virus. See the DK Film House blog for the complete line-up.

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