Photo Books From Asia Pacific: Miti Ruangkritya 2016 - ExhibitionAustralian Centre for Photography
To launch a new Pop-Up Gallery, ACP presents the controversial and humorous work of Thai photographer Miti Ruangkritya alongside a unique collection of photobooks from The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive.
Thai Politics no.3 is a body of works by Thai photographer Miti Ruangkritya, which features images taken of graffitied election posters found in the streets of Bangkok. These promotional political posters show the intense frustration between opposing supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra's Pheu Thai Party and Abhisit Vejjajiva's Democrat party during the 2011 election.
Humorous and controversial, Thai Politics no.3 sits within a wider and ongoing series called 'Thai Politics' developed from the first major protest in Bangkok since 2006. Whilst exploring the differing political attitudes in Bangkok, the project also examines photography within an image rich world. Punctuating each addition to the series is not only a different dimension to people's political views and behaviours, but also a different approach to how they are captured and presented.
Alongside Miti Ruangkritya's work, ACP is thrilled to welcome the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive to Sydney. With a selection of the best self-published and independent photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region, this exhibition provides a contemporary snapshot of the Asia-Pacific region and proposes markers and models for the future of Australia photography within this region.
The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA) is a response to the boom in photographic self-publishing globally and is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online. This not-for-profit, open-access physical archive, based in Melbourne, with over 3,000 self-published and independent photo books. Daniel Boetker-Smith has curated a powerful display that provides a glimpse inside this treasure trove of images captured by leading photographers under extraordinary circumstances.
ACP Pop-Up Gallery, 21 September – 15 October 2016
In partnership with University of Technology, Sydney Daniel Boetker-Smaith presented the forum Exposure 01: the photobook in the twenty-first century, 20 September 2016. See more here
Miti Ruangkritya, Untitled from Thai Politics no.3, 2011. © the artist
Books from The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive © The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive