Prapat Jiwarangsan

Ploy
Thailand, Singapore 2020

15.06.2021 21:30 Eng. subtitles Open Air Kino HKW, Double Feature with GARDERIE NOCTURNE (Ger. subtitles, Forum)

51 min. Thai, English.

Inspired by the diary of a migrant worker, the documentary weaves several social and artistic threads together: the life a Thai migrant sex worker named Ploy who works in Singapore’s “jungle brothel”; the narratives of other migrant workers; an exploration of Singaporean forests and public parks; and the process through which the artist-filmmaker delves into and revisits Ploy’s experience. Ploy is a character as well as a collage of several visual forms, including painting, photography, photo-roman (photo-novel), 35mm slide projection, letters, and a herbarium. The film reconstructs the journey of Ploy through an array of visual media. (Prapat Jiwarangsan)

Prapat Jiwarangsan, born in 1979 in Bangkok, Thailand, is a visual artist and filmmaker. In his creative explorations, he usually incorporates a variety of media, especially photography, slides, and videos to investigate and represent the relationships between history, memory, and politics in Thailand—particularly in relation to the theme of migration. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art (RCA), Jiwarangsan has spent the last 6 years researching and making artwork that tackles the issues faced by migrant workers in Southeast Asia. He lives and works in Thailand.

Production Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn. Production company Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn (Bangkok, Thailand). Written and directed by Prapat Jiwarangsan. Cinematography Prapat Jiwarangsan. Editing Piyarat Piyapongwiwat. Sound design Phuttipat Sangwanphet. Executive producer Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn. With Salaithip Charubhumi (voice), Komsan Sritanaviboonchai (voice).

Films

Selection: 2009: Mirror Mask (2 min.). 2010: The Measure of Time (12 min.), Hope to Dwell in Fear (video installation). 2012: I Will Never Smile Again (video installation). 2014: Artists Sick (4 min), In the Asylum Garden (video installation). 2015: Dok-Rak / The Asylum (9 min.). 2016: Aesthetics 101 (3 min.), Dust Under Feet (video installation), Asylum Seeker: The Pond and the Firefly (video installation). 2018: The Wandering Ghosts (20 min.), Destination Nowhere (7 min.). 2019: Nocturnal Flowers (video installation), Non-chronological History (video installation), Aesthetics 101 (video installation). 2020: Ploy.

Photo: © Prapat Jiwarangsan