In Sunless by Tiane Doan na Champassak, beauty is pursued across the disintegrating boundaries between male and female. The images in Sunless, taken in Thailand between 2012 and 2013, form the second part of a larger body of work-in-progress, born out of a persistent urge to photographically confront questions regarding gender and sexuality.
Sunless highlights the different shades between what today’s society accepts as male or female, and explores what is considered the norm in terms of gender and sexuality. Whilst homosexuality tends to be well represented in today’s contemporary art scene, very little space is made for works that deal with bisexuality and transgenderism. Photographic works on these themes remain within a niche of militant art that rarely reaches a wider audience – as if confrontation with such work is too disturbing or even too threatening for individuals and society.