Untitled (rice), 2014
Pratchaya Phinthong

One A4 document in Thai under Plexiglass sheet, to be translated in the language used while exhibited
Overall dimensions vary with size of room
Courtesy of the artist and gb agency, Paris
Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

With Untitled (rice) (2014), Pratchaya Phinthong investigates the role of Thailand as the world’s largest exporter of rice, and how this role effects society and politics. In 2013, Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra created the so-called “Rice Pledging Scheme”, a plan through which farmers could consign rice and receive a mortgage paper. The plan aimed to gain the support of the rural population, and at first generated a consistent cash flow, until several factors intervened – namely the decline in Thai rice prices on the global market and the corruption within Shinawatra’s political party – causing the scheme to crash and millions of farmers to miss the repayments of their debts.

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