Phil America's The Nefarious Face of Chinatown
Gritty yet beautiful photographs of Bangkok's Chinatown and criminal underworld comprise artist Phil America's solo exhibition The Nefarious Face of Chinatown, which opens September 28th at Vess in Copenhagen, Denmark -- despite Danish police confiscating a number of artifacts from the show (I believe the trademark infringing fake Rolex watches, and other knockoffs). According to Publicdelivery.org, the show is still complete and will run until November 10th, 2013.
Here's more about the exhibit:
Over the course of 30 days he spent nearly every day in Bangkok's Chinatown, betting on Fan-tan and Hi-lo with the old men and got tattooed with a magical sak yant tattoo by a master. He built relationships with prostitutes outside the tea shops, painted fake license plates and put together knock-off Louis Vuitton bags with local workers. He even spent a day with a young gang members riding around dropping off fake Valium and Viagra to shops around Bangkok. During the process he gathered artifacts relating to the neighborhood and it's crime, some of which were confiscated by the law-firm owning the rights to Rolex and by the Danish police.See more photos from the show here. Also check Phil America's blog.
[Via Susannah Breslin.]