An exhibition of new works by Kosit Juntaratip opened last weekend in Bangkok. Allergic Realities features sixteen untitled paintings of iconic news photographs, replicating the grainy printing process traditionally used by newspapers. Kosit has used his own blood to paint some of the halftone dots. The works are undated, though Kosit began the series last year.
One of the paintings is based on the notorious Neal Ulevich photograph of a public lynching following the 1976 Thammasat University protest. The photo has previously been appropriated by Manit Sriwanichpoom for his Horror In Pink series (shown at From Message To Media and Phenomena & Prophecies). Allergic Realities has much in common with Manit's Flashback '76 images, which were autopsy photographs soaked in blood.
Another Thai artist, Pornprasert Yamazaki, has also painted with blood; his work was shown at the Swallow, Currency Crisis, and Suicide Mind exhibitions. UDD protesters painted a mural in blood at Democracy Monument, and Kristian von Hornsleth collected Thai blood samples for his Deep Storage Art Project.
Kosit previously painted with blood during performances in the 1990s (as documented in Thailand Eye), and he has also used other bodily fluids as a medium: his painting Copulate With Love (at MAIIAM) is labelled "Ejaculation on canvas (Kosit's spermatozoa)". Allergic Realities opened at Bangkok University Gallery on 17th September, and runs until 30th October.