Thavibu Contemporary Art from Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar/Burma

Artist: Maitree Siriboon

Title: The Panda Buffalo

Year: 2013

Technique: Digital print (Lambda, Giclée)

Size: 120 x 80 cm (Giclée, ed.3)

Size: 90 x 60 cm (Lambda, ed.3)

Price: US$ 1,880

Note: Maitree pays tribute to the buffalo and also uses it as a metaphor. Lin Ping is a panda at the Chiang Mai Zoo and according to Wikipedia: "Like her parents, Lin Ping is considered the property of China. Therefore, Lin Ping is scheduled to be sent to China after she turns two years old. The news of her birth and subsequent publicity have attracted many more tourists to the zoo, influencing the organisation’s decision to build a 60 million baht (approximately $1.5 million) worth dome for residing the cub. The care of the panda is undertaken by Thai be- come scientists and veterinarians specially trained by China’s giant panda specialists." Thus, suddenly the panda has become important and famous while the buffalo, the villagers’ traditionally important animal, has been mostly discarded. By transforming the buffalo into a panda – the artist hopes to again make it a loved animal.