Thai Graffiti Artists Lionize Black Panther

Published: March 16, 2018
Channel: Agence France-Presse
Contribution: Camera, Editing, Production

Article from AFP.

Bangkok graffiti artists painted a mural on Friday of panthers seated at a “Last Supper” table, the latest subversive depiction of an animal that has come to symbolise injustice after a tycoon was accused of poaching the wild cat. Construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta, one of Thailand’s wealthiest moguls, was arrested in a wildlife sanctuary in February with guns and animal carcasses, including that of a black leopard.

The brazen violation of park rules unleashed a wave of anguish from environmental and political activists fed-up with the impunity enjoyed by the kingdom’s elites. With public protests still banned under a junta that grabbed power in 2014, the anger has taken the form of sly street art focused around the image of the panther.