Inspired by bizarre and discordant memories of the 2010 violent riot in Thailand, Harit Srikhao’s Whitewash explores the mechanism behind the mental surgery of citizens through propaganda in a post-truth society, employing an original visual vocabulary borrowed from both fetish fantasies, Hindu religious tropes and classic Thai imagery. Showing the backstage of the fabrication of truth, Whitewash questions the use of photography and images as tools employed for social domination as well as the notion itself of reality. Whitewash is the first book of Harit Srikhao, which features both the original series Whitewash and Mt Meru.
“Heaven and hell as an important political weapon to debase the value of the people and convince them to agree with the unfairness in society. This way of thinking is aggressively taught in schools. This leads to a mindset with which the government cages the people of a nation. Propaganda provides the way we see ourselves, the way we see others and the way we see the world. To sum up, if the government can domineer the thoughts of the people in the country, that means it can also control the way citizens will react to a person who thinks differently than them or that it can even control their behavior in daily life.”
- Harit Srikhao