Miti Ruangkritya

Miti Ruangkrity, Thailand

“Reset implies starting fresh.”

Miti Ruangkritya is a Thai photographer whose work revolves around the city - from its environment and people and to its transformation and growth.

“The interest in social and political imbalance has made Miti Ruangkritya's work stand out. With meticulous framing and monotonous expression, he is able to reflect the nature of the city very well,” said Manit Sriwanichpoom, photographer, curator and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

His 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project documents the transformation of Khlong Toey, the largest low-income neighborhood in the city centre of Bangkok, Thailand. Workers from the countryside started moving to the area in the 1950s with the hope of finding a job as labourers. As Bangkok grew, the neighbourhood became the main access point to the city for migrants and workers looking for low paid jobs. Since then, the community developed organically and most of the buildings in Khlong Toey are informal dwellings. Following the announcement of a renovation plan of the area, Miti Ruangkritya sets out to examine the future of the 100,000 residents that face the threat of relocation. 

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

“I am looking forward to understanding issues of representation both from the viewpoint of the oppressed and the oppressor, as well as biases and the way images are chosen, framed, and left out,” said Ruangkritya.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

“Reset implies starting fresh. It is a particularly dramatic term that could be interpreted as a valuable opportunity for change or a bleaker outcome on the other extreme end of the spectrum,” he said.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented on 29 October 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

Image credit: Miti Ruangkritya.