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Somrak Sila

The co-founder and curator of WTF Bar and Gallery is frustrated by Thailand's political situation but Som doesn't use the business she started 7 years ago to trumpet partisan views. Instead, through her exhibitions, she fosters dialogue between foreigners and locals, campaigners and academics, artists and thinkers—this at a time when reconciliation and discussion between opposing forces is touted as a key aim of the ruling military but appears only a pipe dream. That said, ask her what super power she’d like to possess and she says, “I’d like to be able to fly really high. I’m inspired by something US astronaut Edgar Mitchell once said: ‘From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”

Definition of success: When I initiate something new and strangers come to me and genuinely understand and appreciate what I’ve done.

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