Spleen and Ideal is a second series of photographs by Tiane Doan na Champassak being exhibited at The Copper House Gallery. All of the images were made in Thailand between 2010 and 2012 and stand in stark contrast to the images in Showroom, raising questions about gender identity and appearance in these two cultures.
Thai and Indian societies both grapple with transgender issues, but the manner in which each culture experiences them are vastly different. In Spleen and Ideal, Champassak studies the aesthetic beauty of this gender blur in Thailand through the use of a Polaroid film called Fade to Black. The resulting images are slightly blurred and rich in colour, resulting in visually gorgeous imagery that reflects the emphasis on physical beauty, these images stand in blunt opposition to the hirja’s of India documented in Showroom. These two bodies of work illustrate an uncompromising view of sexuality translated through representation and culture.