Monday, November 2, 2009

ML Mingmongkol Sonakul back with Photocubism

Filmmaker ML Mingmongkol "Taono" Sonakul is back on the scene in Bangkok with a photo exhibition, Photocubism, which opened on Sunday La Lanta Fine Art.

Inspired by the Cubist art movement, Mingmongkol has put together disjointed jigsaw narratives with photos from her travels over the past three years in Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Australia, Maldives, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, the US, England, Spain, Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, and Africa. The collages are made up of several photographs and measure about 100 centimenters in width, and each of the compositions forms a whole.

Mingmongkol studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute, but got into filmmaking as a career, helping start the Thai New Wave in 2000 by producing Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mysterious Object at Noon. She also produced Pimpaka Towira's One Night Husband, Jira Maligool's The Tin Mine, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Invisible Waves and Twelve Twenty and Alone by Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun. She also directed 2002's experimental indie feature I-San Special and co-directed 3 Friends with Aditya Assarat and Pumin Chinaradee.

Since then, she's embraced digital still cameras, because she tells the Bangkok Post, the technology has improved "to the point that it could be a tool for me to try to achieve what I think I was looking for in still photography."

Photocubism runs until January 17. Proceeds go to support the Friend of Women Foundation.

(Via Daily Xpress, Bangkok Post, Facebook)

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