Old brothels like Mytrichit Hotel in Bangkok’s Chinatown are destined to disappear in the near future, however, its walls bear the marks of both despair and pure joy. Covering the wretched walls are quotes and phrases written by old prostitutes and their clients - these contain simple truths, old Thai sayings, dirty words, or just broad warnings about the hotel and its derelict facilities. Cheap and available 24/7, this and other hotels attract particular crowds that look for intimacy and a temporary refuge from daily troubles. Predominantly in their 50s, these women are forced to spend hours in front of the hotels, waiting for clients to come. Nowadays, areas like this dramatically stand out against the high-tech contemporary Bangkok, granting unaware passersby with a unique glimpse of the real and often miserable life of the poor residents of this area.
1. Edition of 89 + 11 AP 02/2022
Book design by Mauro D'Agati
40 x 32 cm
50 color photographs