Body-Mind-Peace Puppets – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters O or P

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.

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Body-Mind-Peace by Vachara Prayukam
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Body-Mind-Peace by Vachara Prayukam

On the wall is a description of the artist’s concept in creating the figures.

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Body-Mind-Peace by Vachara Prayukam

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.

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Mahatma Gandhi by Vachara Prayukam
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Joseph Stalin by Vachara Prayukam
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Mao Tse-tung by Vachara Prayukam
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Ho Chi Minh by Vachara Prayukam
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Winston Churchill by Vachara Prayukam
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Sadam Hussein by Vachara Prayukam

These photos were taken on March 4, 2017, with an Olympus Tough TG-4 camera.

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