Falls of the Evolution

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    Falls of the Evolution, 2019

The work is composed of four large wood-block prints. Looking at the four panels, one can see that each of them depicts an individual view of the world. There are no human figures appearing, but only insects.
From right to left, the panels illustrate the beginnings of urbanization, followed by the introduction of financial/monetary economy, and subsequently, depictions of consumer and information society, political corruption and war, and environmental destruction. The final work addresses various issues that concern mankind at large, such as how to preserve the limited resources of the earth, and what kinds of things we humans really need to live. In addition, one also notices that there are various forms of "education" included for each era at the bottom of the prints.
Pangrok Sulap is an art collective based in a nonurbanized region in Malaysia. In order to alert the local people so they don't get exploited, the collective engages in awareness building cultural activities and take action by way of art in a DIY fashion.
What is important is that the technique of wood-block printing is not employed for its nostalgic notion, but because the collective considers it to be one of the most effective methods for their work in the present age. Even in a society with unstable infrastructures regarding electricity, communication and distribution, wood-block printing makes it possible to communicate large amounts of information quickly and easily, anywhere and anytime. For such rational reasons, the wood-block printing technique is considered relevant even today.

Pangrok Sulap

  • Formed 2010 in Ranau in Sabah, Malaysia
  • Based in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia
  • Photo: Srap Dsign

Pangrok Sulap is an art collective formed in 2010 in Ranau in Sabah, Malaysia. Their name comes from a combination of words meaning "punk rock" and "a hut farmers use as a resting place." The collective is composed of roughly ten members united by their DIY spirit, including artists, musicians, social activists, and more. Influenced by the resistance activities of Taring Padi, a community of woodblock print artists based in Yogyakarta with whom they came into contact through the Indonesian punk band, Marjinal, Pangrok Sulap began producing woodblock prints depicting issues faced by local communities, as well as by the indigenous communities of Borneo, garnering attention from both inside and outside the region. The radical and the local equally inhabit the name "Pangrok Sulap," which indicates the messages the collective sends out: to promote awareness around human rights, to speak out against political decadence arising from greed, and to urge different peoples to unite.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, Possibilities for a Non-alienated Life, Kochi, India
2018 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia
2018 Lopung Is Dead! – Pangrok Sulap’s Inaugural Solo Exhibition (solo), A+ WORKS of ART, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2017 6th Asian Art Biennial, Negotiating the Future, Taichung, Taiwan

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