[A collaborated project with Valentin Shopping centers represent a new way of exchanging, consuming, communicating and circulating in the city of Bangkok. Their recent increase, the speed at which they are building and spreading all over the city challenges traditional ways of exchanging in markets and outdoor spaces.
Center is a photographic series that explores those bubbles in the urban landscape. We were interested in how those places try to reproduce a natural space and how it uses art and traditional culture to trigger desire and consumption. At the same time, it is noticeable that these malls were built and decorated in a way that would make it look the most luxurious and fancy. They can be seen as a technological and cultural progress, but also a representation of power, control and monopolisation of Thai society and its system. These comfortable, clean and air-conditioned spaces are the promise of modernity, but they are also economic bubbles which remain inaccessible for the majority of the population and challenges economic and governance order.