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The Black House

Posted by
: Helen : (Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 22 April 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture.

The Black House in Chiang Rai is an amazingly different space. First believing it to be a temple, it quickly became obvious as I walked past horns, skulls and snake skins that there was something mystical and arcane about this place. In the filtered light at the other end of the long darkened hall a small group of men sat at the enormous wooden table listening to what looked like an ancient wizard holding court seated on his throne made of blackened oxen horns.
Outside this structure lie a range of similar structures, spaces and gardens designed to highlight artistic works. I was totally absorbed and affected by the atmosphere of this special place that focuses on objects that are related to life and death. Included in the decorations, carvings and displayed, one sees skulls, skeletons, skins, open eggs, demons and gargoyles.
This place is the denizen of the number one Thai National artist, Thawan Duchanee.

Visit Ann's blog to experience some of his work

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

mmm impressive place!

22 Apr 2013 11:53am

@Dimitrios: It certainly was D! Stay with the next few shots. I visited a couple of these 'impressive' places and experienced amazing things!

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Oh!!! I had the opportunity to view some of Duchanee's work at the new MOCA museum in BKK , but visiting the Black House must have been an extraordinary experience. Thanks for sharing the background to this magical image, Helen.

22 Apr 2013 12:34pm

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

A taste of Duchanee's art at the MOCA

22 Apr 2013 12:42pm

@~~~Ann~~~: Thanks Ann! The black house is a personal gallery where he sells his work. The complex is an artist colony which serves as his home environment. Hopefully you will have time to visit next time you are up that way.

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

beautiful light Helen!

22 Apr 2013 4:07pm

Yasmin from Vancouver, Canada

lights are perfect!

22 Apr 2013 6:03pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful lights!

22 Apr 2013 9:45pm