The first time I showed the work of American artist Phil America was for his series The Nefarious Face of Chinatown. A series of portraits of mainly Chinese immigrants controlling the docks on the Chao Phraya River.
Slum Vacation is one of his latest works where he moved in the largest slums, Klong Toey located in the central district of Bangkok. He immersed himself for 30 days, in this environment, where he builts a shanty in this mafia controlled area and lives there like any other local.
The house was then moved to a gallery located in a upscale community. Viewed by an audience with same outsider's perspective as the artist to give them a 360 degree experience of a community thriving just a few minutes away bringing awareness to the .
Since this projects' realization, the house has been donated to residents of the Klong Toey Slum. It now houses a small family from Northern Thailand.
There is four unique photos in the series, entitled Slum Vacation: Hope For The Hopeless, depict locals of the slums of Klong Toey. The proceeds of the photos will go to the Mercy Centre to help provide education, shelter and legal aid to the children of the slums.