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Risk-taking artists defy Thai taboos at Bangkok Art Biennale

Inaugural event tackles often-censored topics such as sex work and Thailand’s war-torn southStanding in a massage parlour in the seedy glow of red strip lighting, Pueng turns to the camera. “I have a dream, to build a new house for my family,” she says. “Then I can open a small grocery shop”. It is a simple aspiration – the extraordinary aspect of it is that, as one of Thailand’s hundreds of thousands of sex workers, she has been given a public platform to speak at all.Alongside 17 other sex workers from the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, Pueng appears in I Have Dreams, a video made by the artist Chumpon Apisuk and one of 75 works to feature in the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale, which opened at the weekend and will run until February.It is the stories of women who also suffer that are never heard Continue reading......

 

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