bangkok: novel without a name

© sutthirat supaparinya

the title novel without a name comes from a 1991 book by the vietnamese dissident writer duong thu huong [1947], and the intimate life story of a vietnamese boy soldier in the so-called war against the americans from youthful fervour to total disillusionment. thai artist sutthirat supaparinya has appropriated the title for her own personal take on the 50th anniversary of the vietnam war, a milestone in america’s ascendancy in the indochina region – reflecting also how her home country became a bridgehead for u.s. policy in the region – and back again. a critical part of the story was general electric, once among the biggest foreign investors in thailand.

its presence in the country dates back to 1900s, when it began selling lightbulbs, but towards the end of the vietnam war those bulbs had morphed into massive networks bearing the message of consumer happiness and eternal becalmed democracy across the region, in the form of oil, gas and wind energy, indispensable white goods, military equipment, health technology and finance. in supaparinya's upcoming exhibition, opening at wtf gallery in bangkok on sat – oct 8 [7pm], the artist has conceptualised the idea of intangible power spreading across a region, and mesmerising its people with promises of a perpetually deferred future. on display are three mixed media art installations – collage, video, sound and objects – and all created in the course of this year. location: 7 sukhumvit soi 51 [sukhumvit].

© sutthirat supaparinya