Untitled (no work), 2012
Stack of copies of A4 paper
Untitled (no work), 2012 is a pile of paper laid on the ground, made up of forms stolen by the artist from the French Embassy in Bangkok. The form, to be filled out by all Thais entering France, contains a declaration of honour not to carry out any professional activities while in the country. If in other artworks, Phinthong places a linear story in perspective, in Untitled (no work) time suddenly becomes more immediate and immediately autobiographical.The act of placing the form inside a Parisian gallery reminds us of current social crisis and reveals the fragile position in which the artist finds himself in the face of fear and state bureaucracy.