Thai satirist says someone stole 5 years of his art

An artist known for his satirical takes on the government and culture said this morning that his computer and most of his past works were stolen from his home.

Sippakorn “Ken” Khiaosanthia, who works under the name Baphoboy, said he did not know who was responsible for burglarizing his home two days ago southeast of the capital in Chonburi province.

“Someone entered my room and took all of my art and belongings,” Sippakorn, 26, told Coconuts on Friday morning. “I don’t think the government or soldiers may have been behind this, but rather someone who dislikes me and my work.”

According to Sippakorn, his mother had wanted to file a police report but he decided against it, saying that he feared the authorities gaining possession of his work, which has been critical of the royal family and government.

“I don’t want my computer to fall into the hands of the police,” Sippakorn said. “There are posts sensitive and critical information since this is the kind of work that I do.”

His story could not be independently verified.

Sippakorn also wrote on social media that five years worth of artworks had been stolen. Although he said that some items were backed up online, he was disappointed to lose works he had created for an upcoming exhibition in Birmingham, England.

“Some of my works aren’t finished and may not be able to be submitted on time for the exhibition,” he said.

Sippakorn added that he was concerned about unspecified “18++” files stored on his computer that could “affect other people.”

The artist also said that he has been threatened over social media regarding his history of substance abuse. He did not specify by whom or provide evidence.

“In the event any information was leaked, please tell your friends, brothers, and sisters to help keep their ears and eyes open for me and let me know,” he wrote.

An art graduate from Silpakorn University, Baphoboy gained prominence online for his digital illustrations published on Instagram that mashup culture, current events, politics, and history in which human faces are replaced by blank smiley faces.

His most recent work, published last week, depicts the infamous “chair photo” of a student lynched and beaten at the 1976 Thammasat University Massacre.

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