People in white burkas stranded on an isolated island; a lonely fishing boat on the shore, the only means of escape to an unknown destination and an uncertain future.
The silent scenes of turmoil in the everyday lives of migrants have not escaped the attention of photographer Ampannee Satoh.
Ampannee is one of very few Thai female photographers to explore issues of cultural repression, migration and social unrest in her homeland of Patani in the southern part of Thailand.
The Lost Motherland exhibition reflects a little of the hardships faced by the Muslim-majority population in Patani. More specifically, it hints at the cultural repression imposed by an ultra-nationalist ideology. It took Ampannee two years to put together this moving solo exhibition held at the A+ Works of Art Gallery in June this year.
“In 2014, I was still in university in Bangkok while the South Thailand insurgency was happening,” says Ampannee. “The situation in my own hometown really made me turn around and it motivated me to create my artwork.”