'Nakedness is a uniform as well," says Tawan Wattuya. The artist is painting a "family portrait" of over a hundred people in Bangkok's art scene _ artists, curators, critics, collectors, gallery owners and professors _ the "inside" people, his people, his own troop. Tawan's current exhibition, "Tii Tai Krua" at Chulalongkorn University's Art Centre continues his preoccupation with the concept of the individual masked by the facade of uniforms imposed by society, a subject he tackled in his previous solo exhibition, "Uniform/Uniformity" in 2009.
Tawan sets out to capture and create the juicy drama ever-present in Thai culture through these characters whose lives intertwine in the small circle.
"I got the inspiration from watching soap operas on TV," the artist says. "I watched them all the time, the ones in the evening and the ones after the news. The drama reflects the drama in real life, in Thai society."
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