World Press Photo 2022

Southeast Asia and Oceania - Open Format

The project juxtaposes archival images of the Oct 6, 1976, massacre of students at Bangkok’s Thammasat University with photographs Rachurutchata took during the 2020 to 2022 Thai protests, in order to understand the root causes of the present day protests. The photographer emulates the Japanese art of kintsugi by tearing photographs, then mending them with lacquer and powdered gold. Rachurutchata uses the kintsugi to symbolise the transformation of trauma into hope for a better future.

 

Archive image of the Oct 6, 1976, massacre in Bangkok, Thailand. Thongchai Winichakul, the student leader at the time of the massacre, reported that he saw people lying on the ground, not realising that some of them were dead. Title: The Will to Remember © Charinthorn Rachurutchata
Archive image of the Oct 6, 1976, massacre in Bangkok, Thailand. Title: The Will to Remember © Charinthorn Rachurutchata
A photograph of Wimonwan Rungthongbaisuri, one of the students killed in the Oct 6, 1976, massacre, in the Chao Phraya River. Many students were forced to retreat to the river and swim across it. Some students were shot in the river by police boats, while others drowned. Title: The Will to Remember © Charinthorn Rachurutchata

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