Headache Stencil is back with another mural in Bangkok but this time his work disappeared in less than 24 hours after it was painted. The mural showed a face of Wanchalearm. Mr. Wanchalerm Satsaksit is a 37-year old activist and anti-government campaigner who fled Thailand in 2014. He was allegedly abducted on Thursday in Cambodia.
The street artist-activist said in a tweet Monday that his work was sprayed over after he stenciled it on Sunday. He also said security forces watched him while he painted the mural, but they did not intervene.
Headache Stencil is a pseudonymous Thai street artist. Dubbed Thailand’s version of the British graffiti artist Banksy, Headache Stencil is known for his satirical graffiti art depicting the military officials of Thailand who took power in 2014. He believes Thai artists have a duty to reflect the deterioration of life under Junta [military] rule.In an interview with The Nation, Thailand’s major English-language daily, Headache Stencil said:
My art reflects dictatorship, corruption and the loss of freedom in our society. It’s the artist’s most important role to mirror society’s illnesses and tell the world what Thailand is now facing under military junta rulers.
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