PANGROK SULAP is a Malaysian collective of artists, musicians and social activists with a mission to empower rural communities and the marginalised through art. “Pangrok” is the local pronunciation of “punk rock”, and “Sulap” is a hut or a resting place usually used by farmers in Sabah, Borneo.
Work often focuses on telling the narrative of rural communities of Borneo, endangered ways of life, forests, and flora and fauna and captures light hearted moments of human interaction, as well as exploring more hard hitting content such as human rights, political corruption and environmental exploitation. Created collectively by its numerous members, many hands create an aesthetically cohesive style and voice.
A strong element in Pangrok Sulap’s process is community participation. The Collective collaborate with community members to collect indigenous narratives and experiences and create artworks that tell their stories. Members of the public are encouraged to join in the communal production of art works and the printing process; a performance for which the Collective plays original and contemporary folk music while participants are invited to dance in circles on the woodcut performing the traditional ‘Sumazau’ folk dance of Sabah. The crowd’s weight transfers ink onto the finished print, which is then revealed on the spot
EARTH PRINTWORKS, 1ST FLOOR BLOCK K LOT 63, PLAZA UTAMA ALAMESRA, KOTA KINABALU, 88400 SABAH MALAYSIA
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