UGRID JOMYIM'S DOCUMENTARY RE-INTERPRETATION
Ugrid Jomyim, a photography based visual artist turned documentary photographer, consequently developed interests in academic works and visual anthropology. After 2004 tsunami, Ugrid received series of documentary projects by an organization within the United Nations to photograph social / cultural impact in southern Thailand. Examined his works from the late 1990s during periods that he was known as one of progressive / underground visual artists, the time when underground art movements from Gallery 253, Project 304 and so on, gaining ground on new generation (at the time), Ugrid’s works had always focus on sociopolitical issues. Years working on tsunami projects, eventually moved him deeper into social and cultural studies.
ISAN LAM-SING (อีสานลำซิ่ง), series of photographs (2016) focused on entertainment venues in and around Bangkok where people from northeastern part of Thailand socialized. Music and dances, venues decorative style resonate their cultural roots, and homey feeling. The series Isan Lam-Sing had been exhibited at Buffalo Bridge Gallery, Bangkok as part of “A Personal History of Visual Symbiosis” on February 27 - March 31, 2016.
PORTRAITS IN BETWEEN SOCIO-POLITICAL BORDERLINES (2017, 2018), an on-going work in progress, re-examine, re-interpretation of portrait images from his own various documentary projects. In traditional documentary and visual anthropology, recording actual visual representation or facts without any bias is the most important rule in which can not be altered for any reason. However, in documentary art - things can be more relax since “documentary art” is considered to be part of conceptual based media, which allows flexibilities in interpretation.
Ugrid Jomyim’s Portraits In Between Socio-Political Borderlines is a conceptual based documentary art that perceived each person in his photographs with human dignity, a compilation of photographs and video from various research projects he had been involved throughout the years. The series had been exhibited at Museum of History, National Cheng Kung University ,Tainan, Taiwan on April 2017 and an extended part of series had been exhibited by Photography Gallery at RSU (as part of SAMPLER 1) on February 22 - April 27, 2018.