Siam Fieldnotes: Gabriel Jia

29 January 2021 - 25 April 2021

Siam Fieldnotes presents recent photographic works by Melbourne-based, Chinese-born photographer Gabriel Jia. These three photographs were captured across disparate locations in Thailand (Ancient name Siam) and are unified through the visual and emotional translation of three colours – orange, green and pink. The photographs depict daily movements life and moments of lightness in Thailand, which are at times quiet and meditative, and others riotous and celebratory.

Presented across three public billboard locations within Moonee Valley, Gabriel hopes to communicate the delicate interconnectedness of all people from different cultural backgrounds, especially during time of physical distancing and lack of overseas traveling during a global health pandemic.

To Gabriel, being a photographer is all about being a storyteller. The stories can be about his life and anyone else’s life. As he says, “to truly tell a story you need to dig deeper than just what happened, you need to capture the intangible – backgrounds, cultures, personalities, emotions. Photography is merely a medium.”

Image credit:  Gabriel Jia, A Waiting Monk 2019, archival pigment print.

Artist: Gabriel Jia

Gabriel Jia A Waiting Monk 2019 archival pigment print