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Imagine Peace: Thai Exhibit on Political Crisis

BANGKOK (AP).- On one wall hangs a giant Thai flag torn in half but stitched up with a zipper. Nearby is a poster-sized news photograph of smoke mushrooming out of a Bangkok shopping mall, the gray cloud outlined by a skull. Out of Thailand’s bloody political turmoil that ended in mid-May, an art exhibit has emerged called “Imagine Peace.” Eighty artists have contributed works that include a rendition of the anti-government protesters’ rubber tire barricade — which sealed off parts of central Bangkok for weeks — to express “the desire for peace and reconciliation,” said curator Apinan Poshyananda. The curator sounded calls for contributions to the international art world and received pieces from critically acclaimed friends Marina Abramovic and the late Louise Bourgeois, who sent two sculptures of clasped hands shortly before her death May 31. Reconciliation is the latest catchword in Thai politics today, as the government tries to heal a nation fractured by the worst