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Jesper Just & Uruphong Raksasad – Vanishing woman

Jesper Just


Jesper is one of the most established Danish contemporary artists and is perhaps even better known abroad that in his homeland. Tate Modern in London, Guggenheim Museum in New York and Malmö Art Museum are just some of the places where Jesper’s art of photography and video has been shown. Apart from his solo exhibitions, he has participated in several others and exhibited his works in SparwasserHQ in Berlin, Brooklyn Art Museum, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami and Centro de Arte Moderna in Lisbon. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2003, and apart from his art films, Jesper has also directed music videos.

Uruphong Raksasad


His latest film 'Agrarian Utopia' (2009) was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam IFF and won the UNESCO Award, the same year. Uruphongs finished his studies at Thammasat University in Journalism and Mass Communication with the short film 'The March of Time' (2000) screened at several national film festivals. Subsequently he has made films as the feature 'Stories From The North' (2006) – screened at Venice-, Torino's - as well as Rotterdam Film Festival to name a few. His short film 'The Rocket' (2007) gained a Tiger Award at the Short Film Competition during Rotterdam Film Festival the same year along side with international screenings of his other short film 'The Planet' (2007). A key point in Uruphong’s films is the independence of the film industry in Thailand for his grassroots filmmaking focusing on life and nature in his home country Chiand Rai in the North of Thailand.


Vanishing woman


The vanishing point is at the end of a congested main road. The road is plastered with Thai election posters in glaring colours, and it leads away from the concrete jungle through the suburbs out to a house by the sea, where the waves come flowing in over the beach. In a rickshaw headed for the end of the road, a fat woman is sitting and taking in the surrounding sights which quickly move past her. She exchanges only a few words with the driver en route, and feeds a few small monkeys with corncobs during a break. In other words, things are not as they should be: The mysteries are revealing themselves on the surface and an invisible drama is taking place offscreen.