Internal rhyme, 2015
Graphite on paper
Set of 9 unique drawings, Plexiglas frame
Each 28 x 20,5 cm / Framed 60,5 x 80 cm
Private Collection Paris
Phinthong produced Internal rhyme (2015), a series of drawings, of the inside of his mouth while outside of the house in a Parisian suburb where the political exile Pridi Banomyong (1900-1983) (known for having worked to overthrow the Thai absolute monarchy in the 1930s after studying in France) spent his final days. In front of the house, the artist tried to draw his teeth by guiding his fingers with his tongue, subjecting himself to a form of silence in reference to the threats facing democracy in his country. An homage to those we don’t hear, the drawings also refer to the difficulty, if not the impossibility to express oneself distinctly while searching for the right tools, as true according to the artist about the fate of Pridi Banomyong as it is about the current situation in Thailand.