Cherdwood Sakolaya, an award-winning photographer, is reviving mythological characters through his exhibition "Angel", which kicks off at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G today.
Before the arrival of the film era, Thais knew only how to paint on temple walls. With those paintings, they evoked the stories and personages from mythologies of every rank of being, including Nang-Fah or angels.
These angels were depicted as wearing beautiful crowns decorated with colourful gems, sprinkling flower petals on people who were walking by, and dancing in harmony with their angelic companions.
In contemporary times, it is surprisingly rare to be able to see angels like those in the traditional paintings.
However, as most Thais believe that angels have a role to cure human sorrow, we can sometimes still see a play with angels dancing together at many important traditional Thai celebrations and festivals.
The "Angel" exhibition is the pride of Cherdwood who wishes to continue the legacy our ancestors have passed on to us.
His photos were captured on black-and-white Kodak film and copied onto fibre-based paper, which is now difficult to find. However, this enhances the value of his works and means his photos are collectible items.
Angel is on display at The Gallery, 36th floor of Pullman Bangkok Hotel Gon Sukhumvit Road, until Jan 31. The opening ceremony is today at 7 pm. The gallery is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm. Call 02-238-1991.
October 28, 2013 to January 31, 2014
- Open days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 to 19:00
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188, Silom Rd., Suriyawong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 2-238-1991
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