(Im)material Worlds

Promised Lands (2020, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa) & Myanmar Anatomy (an unfinished research) by Prapat Jiwarangsan

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A new film by Prapat Jiwarangsan, commissioned for the (Im)material worlds film programme.

The experience of recording still and moving images before the 2020 military coup in Myanmar allows me to explore the nation’s stagnant movements. In a way, the stillness is similar to that of stuffed animals I came across in the Yangon Zoological Garden. I also think of another type of movement which is so alike; that is, the slow movement of the Yangon circle line train, which loops back to its former state, much like the political history of Myanmar.


Prapat Jiwarangsan is a visual artist. Born in Bangkok, he lives and works in Thailand. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, Jiwarangsan usually incorporates a variety of media, especially photography and video, in order to investigate and represent the relationships between history, memory, and politics in Southeast Asia—particularly in relation to the theme of migration. His installations have appeared in Bangkok, London, Singapore, Tokyo, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, and Gwangju while his films were screened at international film events such as the Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Experimenta India, and Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. His new short Parasite Family will be premiered at the Forum Expanded section at the 2022 Berlinale.

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    Prapat Jiwarangsan
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    Prapat Jiwarangsan
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    Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn
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    Prapat Jiwarangsan