Pangrok Sulap launches website, one-stop for woodcut art and community projects


One of Pangrok Sulap's Covid-related woodcut works. The art collective, based in Sabah, has launced an official website to stay connected and create awareness for its art and community outreach. Photo: Pangrok Sulap

Sabah-based art collective Pangrok Sulap has launched an official website to keep itself connected globally during these pandemic times. The site also serves as an archive space, a one-stop print shop, blog and a news hubs for Pangrok Sulap's community-based projects in its home state and beyond.

"We are very excited to launch our new website. Also, we hope that this website will be easy for visitors to get to know us more closely.

"As artists, we hope that this website can be use for art enthusiasts to purchase our works," reads a statement from Pangrok Sulap.

A screen shot of Pangrok Sulap's new website, which will serve as resource centre, news hub and community shop. A screen shot of Pangrok Sulap's new website, which will serve as resource centre, news hub and community shop.

Pangrok Sulap, which originated from the small town of Ranau (a two-and-a-half hour drive from Kota Kinabalu), has been known for its woodcut art and community outreach.

The group - consisting of indigenous Dusun and Murut artists, musicians and social activists - first came together in 2010 to conduct charity work in rural schools, and orphanages. Since 2013, it has been spreading social messages, through exhibition works as well as handmade merchandise and commissioned banners.

'Di Belakang Saya Ada Orang Kampung, Di Belakang Orang Kampung Ada Saya' is one of Pangrok Sulap's iconic prints available on its new website. 'Di Belakang Saya Ada Orang Kampung, Di Belakang Orang Kampung Ada Saya' is one of Pangrok Sulap's iconic prints available on its new website.

The collective, featuring a core line-up and volunteer support, is known for its DIY approach and has kept true to its slogan "Jangan Beli, Bikin Sendiri" (don’t buy, do-it-yourself) through the years.

Pangrok Sulap's woodcut artwork - which has been exhibited in Tokyo to Paris - often raises awareness about social issues and environmental protection right to highlighting human rights, political corruption and now, pandemic recovery issues.

"Additionally, our website mission is also to be used as reference to visitors. Where, our community activities, festival and exhibition invitation can be read on the website blogs," the statement adds.

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