On May 22, 2014 marked the 13th Coup d’état of Thailand, the military junta seized the power and introduced the campaign called “Restoration of Happiness” which, for pro-democracy Thais, was seen as a political doublespeak. The junta augmented a delusion of ‘happiness’ by launching the eponymous song and other forms of entertainment to subdue the resistant citizens who were, in fact, coerced into silence. One line of the absurd lyric lends the title of Chulayarnnon Siriphol’s project: Give Us A Little More Time.
On the same day, Siriphol started making a daily newspaper collage, and vowed to keep doing it routinely until the national election was announced. He scissors the bureaucratic inertia and hypocrisy with his unique sensibility and examines Thai daily newspapers at how an image-text composition imposed by the doctrine of the military. For the artist, this collage-making is a response towards the heavily controlled newspaper deemed no longer reliable to the concerned Thai citizens.