Changing their stripes

2 Oct 2016

“If I’m put in detention, I’m prepared for that,” he said. Art may not sway policymakers, but it can make people think and act, he said. Despite his frustration, Vasan’s art has flourished and he has created many paintings that criticise the government.

“Artists have to be more careful in expressing political views,” said Manit Sriwanichpoom, a photographer and owner of Kathmandu Photo Gallery. “But I may not be on their radar.”

Paritta Wangkiat from Bangkok Post takes a look at the way Thai artists are standing up against the silencing of political dissent under the current military regime. Read more about how Vasan Sitthiket and Manit Sriwanichpoom are using their roles as artists to address political issues in Thailand here.