I am dislocated from Thailand and I have been trying to find something that connects me to my homeland. What is my highest priority? His majesty the King of Thailand is the most recognized person and because I am unable to recall anything about him I am culturally shamed. I documented the place where the King used to live in 1927.
From my perspective the King represents a God-like figure. The King is within reach but also unreachable at the same time. He is liminal to me. It is this connection that I am longing for —– my Thai heritage feels hypnagogic, a surreal, and disconnected.
I am commenting on the insurmountable distance between a citizen of Thailand in proximate to power. In seeking an audience with The King, which has not reciprocated. I am questioning the gap between fiction and reality.
The body of work is a documentary collection of archival ink jet prints based on my research and visited to Cambridge: The King’s birthplace and the previous residence. I visited Cambridge often but I could not go into The King’s former home. I wrote a letter and mailed it to The King but I never received a response yet.