Farang Kee Nok
(Bird Sh!t Foreigner)
Farang Kee Nok (Bird Sh!t Foreigner) is an absurdist video artwork that touches on the hypocrisy of ex-pats who fetishize the cultures of the countries they move to, and the way they tend to insert themselves into cultural matters that they have no authority speaking on. This video shows a conversation between an arrogant husband, Jack, and his wife, Manee. The husband begins spouting off his opinion about the phrase, “farang kee nok,” which translates to “bird sh!t foreigner” in Thai. The video purposely utilizes ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement) to add a surreal dissonance to the piece.
This piece was also inspired by actual comments that white ex-pats tend to leave on online articles about anti-blackness in Thailand in order to center themselves, as well as the reality TV series, 90 Day Fiancé, which features quite a few of these aforementioned intercultural relationships.
The video was created during a mentor workshop with the visual artist Kalup Linzy for the Chautauqua Visual Arts (CVA) residency.
Farang Kee-Nok (Bird Sh!t Foreigner) 🐦🐦🐦