Thailand’s darkest days mined for satire by artist ‘Uninspired by Current Events’

Photos: Uninspired by Current Events
Photos: Uninspired by Current Events

From a lab rat being injected with random vaccines to panda-masked riot police opening fire, Saratta Cheungsatiansup, 29-year-old artist who is also known as Uninspired by Current Events has been making a mark with of-the-moment works satirizing Thailand’s worst days of the pandemic. 

One of Saratta’s most impactful works was just posted yesterday. It depicts a shrouded corpse lying in a street surrounded by orange traffic cones and abandoned flags – a timely parallel to the ghastly sight this week of several dead bodies found in Bangkok’s streets.

“I make art of events within the day because that’s how fast things move here,” said Saratta, who is a freelance animator.

“My work started as a form of self-therapy. I needed an outlet for all the news you get as a Thai person,” He said. “I make an effort to make my art relatable without relying on overused tropes because it feels good to be able to contribute to the conversation in a unique way.”

Photo: Uninspired by Current Events
Photo: Uninspired by Current Events

Some of the works are being sold as NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. The page’s bio reads, “Surrealism animations inspired by life in an authoritarian regime.”

While Uninspired by Current Events’ Facebook account was only created in early June, it has drawn more than 63,000 followers. An Instagram account has even more, with over 82,000 followers.

Uninspired by Current Events can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo: Uninspired by Current Events
Photo: Uninspired by Current Events
Photo: Uninspired by Current Events
Photo: Uninspired by Current Events
Photo: Uninspired by Current Events
Photo: Uninspired by Current Events

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