Subconscious Dafen is a continuation of a previous work entitled PATI-NATION – a series of photographs that captures the decaying walls of government buildings in Viet Nam. In this work, Phunam carries on his investigation of surface and the continual transformation of surface through time.
Dafen is a village in China responsible for producing most of the world’s commodity oil paintings. Phunam photographed the walls of the work area in the painting studios of the replica artists. The subconscious and abstract gestures that are a by-product of the daily production of these commodity paintings are captured on these walls.