Only for "the Death on Duty"

by Naraphat Sakarthornsap


   The current series of artwork presents photographs of flowers intentionally arranged to imitate those at the funeral of Thai army privates and cadets at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School. Some of these privates and cadets lost their life due to unreasonable punishments; others died from excruciating tortures in a training camp; yet others' causes of death have still remained inconclusive or unidentified. These sad,unfortunate (or even unjust) events took place because the mastermind behind the punishments and tortures are commanders themselves,officers in a higher rank, or older privates trained in the same military camp. Some of these people are powerful enough to cover up the news and distort the truth, thereby making it difficult to prove them guilty and to reveal what actually happened to the public. The only thing left for the family of the dead is a funereal photograph decorated with flowers and a lifeless body of "the dead on duty?".

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