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Wuthipol Ujathammarat

About Artist

Wuthipol Ujathammarat is a Bangkok-based designer, photographer and self-publisher whose work investigates the relationship between photographic narrative, conceptual and documentary photography and design. Working mainly in book format Ujathammarat is interested in engaging with viewers through visual narratives without the influence of words.

In recent years, he has taken part in various art book fairs across Asia including Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul and Melbourne and is currently working on developing new bodies of work that further explore the interaction between images and readers. 

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Cover Up

Thai photographer, Wuthipol Ujathammarat, notices the strange and outdated details of exterior tilework that adorn  numerous urban structures in the districts of Taipei. The intention behind his handcrafted photographic pamphlet 'Cover Up’ is to recall the forgotten charm of the tiles’ melancholy aesthetic while drawing attention to the hidden dangers of this chaotic metropolitan.

An excessive use of tiles in urban structures is a functional matter rather than a decorative one. Taipei often experiences high levels of humidity and these exterior tiles help to seal off the buildings and protect them from moisture and fungus that otherwise breaks easily through cement and paint.

The tiles’ functional benefits aside, there have been plenty of unfortunate incidents that concern public safety. The falling of mosaic tiles from exterior walls and facades is now a life threatening hazard to all pedestrians. Net cages, what appears to be a temporary solution, are now installed and added on to buildings to prevent the fallen tiles from causing further injuries and damages. Yet questions regarding these safety measures still remain. How can Taiwan preserve these charming exterior tileworks while also making pedestrian walkways safe again.

'Cover Up’ is a visual reflection on the potential dangers that are hidden within the charm of exterior architectural structures. Stunning as they are, these mosaic tiles on countless buildings gave the photographer his first impression of Taipei. They may be beautiful to the eye, but they will without a doubt keep peeling and falling off through time.

Publisher: Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Artist(s): Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Publication Date: 2019 
Binding: Handcrafted with Multiple Folds
Dimensions: 10 x 10 mm  
ISBN: N/A
Price: 74 RMB
To Purchase: wuthipoldesigns.com/photobooks/coverup

Popsicle District

In Popsicle District, Thai artist Wuthipol Ujathammarat attempts to create a striking series of abstract photographs in a work that reveals a foreign and peculiar perspective of Singapore. It documents a fantasized aesthetic of the urban landscape where his visual expression expands beyond photography and into graphic configurations.

The artist expertly frames architectural structures into tightly cropped compositions which reveal a hidden pattern of vivid colors and textures. This minimalist vision of bright hues and sharp lines serves as a visual metaphor to the familiar yet rarely noticed popsicle in Singapore.  

Publisher: Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Artist(s): Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Publication Date: 2020 
Binding: Thread Saddle Stitch
Dimensions: 176 x 125 mm  
ISBN: N/A
Price: 85 RMB
To Purchase: wuthipoldesigns.com/photobooks/popsicledistrict

Insignificantly Found

In Insignificantly Found, Thai artist Wuthipol Ujathammarat presents a series of semi-abstract photographs featuring the simplistic palettes and the mundane urban details he viewed during a visit to Shanghai. In his photographs, banal cityscapes are carefully composed alongside sudden bursts of colour, form and texture to create vivid compositions which highlight the hidden beauty of the city.

Publisher: Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Artist(s): Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Publication Date: 2020 
Binding: Thread Saddle Stitch
Dimensions: 176 x 125 mm  
ISBN: N/A
Price: 105 RMB
To Purchase: wuthipoldesigns.com/photobooks/insignificantlyfound

Urban Coincidence

Urban Coincidence is a cross-cultural collaboration between Ragini Siruguri (India) and Wuthipol Ujathammarat (Thailand) exploring the visual similarities in the two artists’ works. The project is presented in a box containing 19 pairs of photographs with each pair depicting colourful and abstract urban landscapes from India and Thailand. Collectively, this set of images, forms a new body of work in which geographical boundaries are blurred, leaving the viewer to guess their origin and context.

Discussing their collaboration Siruguri and Ujathammarat said: This project took shape organically, as we found photographs that were strikingly alike — and were often linked in ways that went beyond visual connections. Along the way, we began wondering if this could become an investigation into a possible shared cultural history of India and Thailand. Or is it simply sheer coincidence?

Publisher: Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Artist(s): Wuthipol Ujathammarat
Publication Date: 2020 
Binding: Slipcase
Dimensions: 180 x 120 mm (Box Size), 82.5 x 110 mm (Card Size)
ISBN: N/A
Price: 220 RMB
To Purchase: wuthipoldesigns.com/photobooks/urbancoincidence