Captured: Harit Srikhao follows Berlin's midnight rainbows
BERLIN IS LIKE NOTHING THE THAI ARTIST HAS EVER EXPERIENCED. SO LURE ASKED HIM TO DEPICT IT.
Harit Srikhao is one of Bangkok’s most lauded young photographers. He made waves in the Thai arts scene in 2017 when the military confiscated his works.
LURE first featured the 23-year-old in Young Bloods Episode 03: Bangkok. Whether he's examining political turmoil and propaganda in his award-winning photo-collage series Whitewash, or Thailand’s relationship with religion and royalty in Mt. Meru, Harit's an artist known for taking risks in a conservative society.
But the newly minted Berliner finds himself in unfamiliar waters in the German capital, where hedonism and liberalism reign supreme. Unlike in Bangkok, where artists have to navigate strict censorship, there's no taboo too risqué for Berlin’s artists to play with.
So we challenged Harit to portray his first impressions of the German capital. Through his work, the mysticism of Berlin's underground meets the optimism of a city that's survived political and social upheaval throughout its history.
"Berlin is where younger generations receive power from older generations," he says. "Berlin is the best place for youth to seize the day."
Check out Harit's series Midnight Rainbows below, with exclusive commentary from the artist about his inspiration.
Harit Srikhao: I took this photo in Moabit, my neighborhood in Berlin. It's a lovely area that's very relaxed with a fresh atmosphere.
I wanted to begin the photo series with this picture because it hints at themes of the work — mystery, fantasy and optimism. And also the feeling of waking up in the morning on a Sunday after a night of heavy partying.
With the intimate picture in the frame, I wanted to mimic Gustave Courbet's The Origin of the World (1866).
This picture is constructed of three significant elements: The entrance of Berlin's Pergamon Museum and its zoo; an intimate picture of different body parts; and Berlin-based genderless fashion label UY Studio.
Both places include things that have been preserved and are being studied, while UY represents the present and the newcomer. It also links to a separate series I did for LURE that focuses exclusively on UY.
I think this shot contains feelings about desire, sexuality and mystery — like many of the weird, underground parties in Berlin.
I took this shot in the KÖRPERWELTEN exhibit in Berlin's Menschen Museum. It reminds me of little sheep one would often find in classical paintings.
The red color, however, evokes an atmosphere of Berlin's techno vibe.
This is a statue I stumbled across on Berlin’s Museum Island. In this picture, I want to paint a picture of Berlin's kinky scene told through classical sculpture.
This was shot in Berlin’s zoo and the KÖPERWELTEN exhibit in the Menschen Museum.
The first thing I noticed in Berlin is that it's a place where many schools bring their students for field trips. But Berlin is also a dream destination for teenagers from around the world. Personally, I think that everything about Berlin makes it the best place for youth to seize the day.
Berlin is where younger generations receive power from older generations. At least I hope this is true.
This monument in Berlin's Tiergarten was being stabbed by light. It also made me think about Time Transfixed (1938) by Rene Magritte.
I shot this photo at Berlin's Alexanderplatz.
Here, you'll see a red unicorn emerging from a modern building behind a group of people relaxing in the sun. The unicorn serves as a metaphor for Berlin — scary and sometimes even dangerous, but always mystical and stylish.
This beautiful sculpture in front of the KÖRPERWELTEN exhibit in the Menschen Museum shows a magical moment of everyday life in Berlin during the summer.