City’s Costs of Condo Creep Told Through Photos

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‘Room’ from Dream Property exhibition. Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy

BANGKOK Turmoil, two military coups and an uneven economy haven’t slowed the pace of condominiums going up on nearly every block in Bangkok during the past decade.

With this rapid transformation of the capital’s skin comes consequences, which Miti Ruangkritya has documented and will show Saturday at “Dream Property.”

Forty photographs, 35 prints and a media installation explore the effects of this expansion, such as the profusion of real estate marketing and clutter of billboards promising changed lives. Meanwhile, livability and vestiges of nature are impinged upon by an ever-rising sprawl.

The photos pose questions about the city’s hopes and dreams for its future.

Miti’s interest in Bangkok’s constant change can be seen in his previous works, such as 2012’s “Imagining Flood,” which recorded the surreal scenes of a flooded city at night. His “Thai Politic” series examined Thai political views from 2006 to 2014.

The exhibition starts at 4pm on Oct. 15 and runs until Nov. 27 at Bangkok CityCity Gallery, which can be reached via MRT Lumphini exit No. 2.

Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya / Courtesy