Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A photo exhibition reliving 2 years of the Bangkok Community Help Foundation

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is a photography exhibition reliving the work of the Bangkok Community Help Foundation over the past two years, opening tomorrow at 6pm.

The exhibition will be held at Wat That Thong School in near Ekkamai BTS Station.

  • Opening Night: Saturday, January 14, 6pm – 9pm
  • Walk-in: Sunday, January 15 – Saturday, January 21 10am – 6pm

Bangkok-based photographers Kevin Grafton and Nathalie Jamois documented the frontline battles of the Covid-19 pandemic – from providing aid to mass testing and constructing community quarantine centres, as well as flood and fire responses, campaigns to aid the homeless, and community development projects with the Bangkok Community Help Foundation over a two year period.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop relives these events, and celebrates the 500 volunteers who stepped up to help those most in need during one of Thailand’s darkest periods. The exhibition will display 100 photos selected by Kevin and Nathalie.

Nathalie Jamois, from Paris, explained the mission of the exhibition…

“Documenting for the foundation is not only for me, a continuity in my photographic work in general, it is also a source of energy, of happiness, of feeling useful and showing how at any scale, regardless of one’s social condition, we can help our neighbour. In short, make you want to join us.

The choice of photos are more about strong moments that touched me and Kevin through the beginnings and the history of the foundation, unimaginable situations like mass Covid testing, flooding, fires, food aids, helping the individual and various communities.”

Kevin Grafton, from Dallas, commented on what to expect…

“I think it’s kind of a victory lap. It’s a chance to show what happened and reflect on everything now that the really dire stuff (Covid) is mostly (hopefully) behind us. There were a lot of knock-on effects from Covid, especially in Khlong Toei, like food insecurity, mass unemployment, the inability to safely quarantine, etc., things that will hopefully never be repeated.

Roughly half of the exhibition is based on that, and the rest on some of the more recent projects, volunteers teaching free English lessons, kid’s day events in underprivileged communities, building homes for families in Khlong Toei, supporting the homeless and elderly on Ratchadamneon, the normal activities which the Foundation was really set up to do.

We’re very grateful to Wat That Thong for allowing us to hold the exhibition in their school’s library, the Foundation built a quarantine centre in the school during the peak of Covid, and renovated the library among many other things, so it really is things coming full circle.“

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Photo by Kevin Grafton
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Photo by Nathalie Jamois



Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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