Tango in the Big Mango - Monograph

Tango in
the Big Mango

Tango in the Big Mango – a Baudelaire-like photo imagination about Bangkok, working at a ground zero of now-ness.

The photo book Tango in the Big Mango shows Bangkok as a city in which the coexistence of different cultures and people from different countries, despite their peculiarities, have found a way to live together.

The photo book is a mixture of documentary/street and conceptual images. Therefore the book is split into four parts: The main part is documentary/street photography, the other three parts are concept based around the themes GREED, GROWTH and ANGST. Together they form the documentary concept Tango in the Big Mango, that captures the intensity of urban life and barrage of consumption, culture and eccentricity in Bangkok.

I tend to see this group of works as ‘documentary’ in a unique sense of the word. We tend to think of ‘documentary’ as something like a ‚capture‘ that is highly instructive and explanatory, but I see Nitsch’s use of the ‚documentary’ as something far more Baudelaire-like, a split second in time that lends our eye something prior to narrative meaning and description/definition.

GREGORY GALLIGAN, Director Thai Art Archives
Tango in the Big Mango - Monograph

Tango In The Big Mango
Hatje Cantz

Essay by Gregory Galligan (Thai Art Archives)
Graphic design by Suzie Wong
Editing by Nadine Barth
English, German
24.5 cm by 30 cm
160 colour plates, 160 pages
Arctic Volume White, 170 g/m2
ISBN 978-3-7757-4824-7

Release Date: March 2021

photoMÜNCHEN 19, Munich, Germany 15.–18.11.2019
UPCOMING: Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand 2021

A distinctive and raw portrait of contemporary Bangkok and its inhabitants that remains as complicated as inscrutable. Like Tango, Bangkok has influences from many countries. This photographic documentary concept explores the question of identity, and the boundaries between growth and angst – a finite attempt at conceiving of the inconceivability, that is life.