Miti Ruangkritya: Christmas Trees Vol. 1

Thailand –  Towards the end of each year public spaces and commercial centers throughout Bangkok undergo a temporary aesthetic shift as they welcome the inclusion of the ‘Christmas Tree’ into their environment. It is the way these ‘Trees’ have been manifested and how they have been integrated into each setting which interests me and what this project concerns itself with. Often they appear somewhat alien, clunky and at odds with the environments they inhabit. Unsurprisingly and in most instances, these trees have appeared for commercial purposes – helping attract the passing trade – rather than to act as a symbol for Christmas. It is this motivation that has invariably led to the friction that can be found. Any symbol or icon that is taken out of its original context for reasons different to what it is originally intended for, will gather new meaning, adopt new connotations and become something else.                                                             © Miti Ruangkritya   Titles of Publication: Christmas Trees Vol.1 Photography: Miti Ruangkritya Design: Jean Arunsirichok & Miti Ruangkritya Date: 2013 Places of Publication: Bangkok, Thailand Edition size: 250 all signed and numbered by the author Format: book/cards Size: 13.5 x 14cm Number of Pages: 68 Type of Printing: Laser Type of Paper: Glittered Pearl colour Thai scented paper Number of Pictures: 31 Price: n/a

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