Overview participating exhibitions

Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

Michael Shaowanasai

PORTRAITS OF A MAN IN HABITS (Thailand, 2003)

Thailand has a reputation for being open to all sorts of lifestyles. To be admitted to Buddhism, one need only answer the question, 'Are you human?' The question refers to a myth in which a snake god disguises himself as a man. Presently the question is used chiefly to exclude the lame, mentally ill and homosexuals. Michael Shaowanasai tested this by photographing himself made up as a Buddhist monk. The result was a heated outcry. Buddhists tried to block the exhibition, and Shaowanasai responded by showing the photograph rolled up. Subsequently he made a photograph of himself as someone who had just left the monkhood. According to the artist, the attitude of Buddhists is all the more hypocritical because closeted homosexual monks are much sought after for designing temples and organizing funerals in Thailand, because of their refined taste.

  • PORTRAITS OF A MAN IN HABITS (Thailand, 2003)

    Thailand has a reputation for being open to all sorts of lifestyles. To be admitted to Buddhism, one need only answer the question, 'Are you human?' The question refers to a myth in which a snake god disguises himself as a man. Presently the question is used chiefly to exclude the lame, mentally ill and homosexuals. Michael Shaowanasai tested this by photographing himself made up as a Buddhist monk. The result was a heated outcry. Buddhists tried to block the exhibition, and Shaowanasai responded by showing the photograph rolled up. Subsequently he made a photograph of himself as someone who had just left the monkhood. According to the artist, the attitude of Buddhists is all the more hypocritical because closeted homosexual monks are much sought after for designing temples and organizing funerals in Thailand, because of their refined taste.

  • PORTRAITS OF A MAN IN HABITS (Thailand, 2003)

Another Asia I
2006

Another Asia I

Michael Shaowanasai

SELF-PORTRAITS (2004-2005)

The Thai artist Michael Shaowanasai plays with preconceptions and role patterns in Asian culture - preferably in provocative ways. In doing so, he avoids the idealistic stereotypes, such as the handsome, subservient youth, in favor of the more banal variants. For instance, he presents himself as wife, ideological militant, war victim, sex partner and cover girl. These are roles that women in Asia are frequently assigned, but which also apply universally, according to Shaowanasai. By presenting himself as a woman the flamboyant homosexual artist also stands the traditional division of roles on its head in this work from 2004-2005.

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2004-2005)


    The Thai artist Michael Shaowanasai plays with preconceptions and role patterns in Asian culture - preferably in provocative ways. In doing so, he avoids the idealistic stereotypes, such as the handsome, subservient youth, in favor of the more banal variants. For instance, he presents himself as wife, ideological militant, war victim, sex partner and cover girl. These are roles that women in Asia are frequently assigned, but which also apply universally, according to Shaowanasai. By presenting himself as a woman the flamboyant homosexual artist also stands the traditional division of roles on its head in this work from 2004-2005.

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2004-2005)

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2004-2005)

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2004-2005)

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2004-2005)

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Act of Faith

Act of Faith

Price EUR 10,00

Another Asia

Another Asia

Price EUR 10,00