Thai and Portuguese Revolution
29/03/2022 -- 24/04/2022
Hope may lie at the observation of the past through the wider lenses in order to understand the present and progress toward the expected future. It could be a space for us to review the role and importance of people’s struggle in demanding their rights and the hope for a change towards a better country. This is true for people of two countries from different continents.
Looking back to the history of Thailand and Portugal, the revolution which overthrew the tyrant regime in Portugal during 1974 has many interesting aspects compared to the current climate of Thailand. The uprising of the young, together with the side changing of many soldiers and citizens brought victory for people in Portugal. Meanwhile in Thailand, there is currently a movement of people, especially the young generation, who demand the government to resign, amend the constitution, and reform the monarchy. For this is the time of crisis from COVID19 pandemic, and from the performance of the previous coup junta who was elected as government only after their own amendment of election laws and the constitution. It is evident that they are attempting to rewind the clock of Thailand back to the time of absolute monarchy, despite the consensus to become a democratic country since 1932. The tyranny afflicted many citizens who were voicing their upset through the protests.
Observing the movement of people from both countries through the current context might allow us to see the space of connection and information exchange between Thailand and Portugal in different periods, where the movement of people could be connected. - Pisitakun Kuantalaeng
Thai and Portuguese revolution, 2021
384 hand painted Azulejos ceramic tiles
480 x 180 cm
(produced in Porto by the artistduring an Art Residency end of 2021)