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Photo exhibition to open at NCKU highlights Thai society

Tainan, Taiwan, April 13, 2017

A special photo exhibition displaying 3-year documentary photos about Thailand will open at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, tomorrow, April 14.

Prof. Ampannee Satoh, Head of Photography Department, Rangsit University, led a 21-member delegation to visit NCKU expecting to introduce the aspects of life and culture of Thailand to the people in Taiwan.

According to Prof. Satoh, the photo exhibition is organized from a school project themed Creating a Giving and Sharing Society.

She noted, the project is about knowledge exchange to understand interrelationship between different types of media through creating individual and collaborative works, learning real world gallery system, organizing exhibitions, participating in artist talks, up close and informal conversations with artists and professionals in visual arts.

A total of 296 photos in 9 sub-themes, photos and video, will be showcased in the exhibition.

Prof. Satoh said, the series show different aspects of Thai society, for example, Ariya Yokasingh’s Wedding Invitation which is a re-interpretation of Dara-Ang Documentary Project.

The project focused on PALAUNG ethnic sub group called “Dara-ang” in MaeJon, Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand, she added.

As a trained photographer, Ariya Yokasingh had developed close relationship with people in the area, and in this series, he was invited to a wedding.

A re-interpretation of Dara-Ang Documentary Project began when a photographer no longer an invisible witness to actual event but as a friend to people whom he photographed.

The Opening of the exhibition will be held on April 14 with the artist's talk starting at 6 pm at NCKU Kuangfu Campus - Museum of History.

The delegation included 3 professors, 1 artist, and 17 students from Photography Department, Rangsit University, Muang-Aek, Pratumthani, Thailand.
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