This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters O or P.
We recently visited the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok, Thailand. One of the most stunning exhibits, created in 2007 by Vachara Prayulkam, was Body-Mind-Peace. This exhibit is the first thing you see at the top of the escalator from the ground floor.
The main sculpture grouping, made of fiberglass, contains a life-sized black man holding an almost-life-sized puppet of Adolf Hitler in uniform. Directly behind him, facing in the opposite direction, is a life-sized white man. The two men appear identical physically, as well as in dress and demeanor; both are wearing a mask. In contrast to the pure black and white of the “humans,” the “skin” of the puppet is the ashen gray of death.
On the wall is a description of the artist’s concept in creating the figures.
Along the opposite wall is a line of display cases, each holding a puppet that, conceptually, could be switched with the Adolph Hitler puppet. These puppets represent the world famous figures Mahatma Gandhi, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Ho Chi Minh, Winston Churchill, and Saddam Hussein.
These photos were taken on March 4, 2017, with an Olympus Tough TG-4 camera.