The political unrest and the resulting protests that took place in Thailand, first in 2010 and again in 2014, are the driving forces behind the series Whitewash by Thai photographer Harit Srikhao. Too young at the time to grasp the gravity and consequences of these political events, he strings together memories and photographs — both personal and public — to create visuals that hover between the worlds of fact and fiction, using various experimental digital and analog manipulations in laying down his documentary-like narratives.
Images of historical museums, temples and national galleries are visual references in the series, which he pairs and superimposes with other photographs via different techniques. Subtle themes of religion, culture, royalty and politics bubble to the surface, yet Srikhao keeps his project’s focus on the artistic aspect. In a way, this is his attempt to make amends for the indifference he exhibited during those times of turmoil. In an interview he reveals: “Whitewash is not a sharp or complicated work. I made this work in order to apologise and show a responsibility towards those protesters in my past as my narrow mind used to react to them heartlessly.”
Images © Harit Srikhao / with permission