Miti Ruangkritya

Miti Ruangkritya, Thailand

Room | Sunset on Unnamed Lanes

Room and Sunset on Unnamed Lanes is an ongoing project focusing on Khlong Toey, the largest, most densely populated district located in the centre of Bangkok, Thailand. Workers from the countryside started moving to the area in the 1950s with the hope of finding a job as laborers. Today, the population of Khlong Toey is 75,000, living in 14,500 houses.

Most of the people who live in the neighbourhood don’t own their properties and the Port Authority, which owns the land, has expressed its intention to develop it into luxury estates. There has been continuous pressure for the community to move out and talks are underway to relocate the inhabitants of Khlong Toey to other parts of town.

The project looks at a working-class community facing an uncertain future, and is divided into two parts: Room is a collection of interiors of houses in Khlong Toey, portraying the community through their living spaces. Presented as slightly overexposed monotone pictures, they resist against the saturated colourful images sometimes associated with Thailand. The second part Sunset on Unnamed Lanes are images of pathways between the houses connecting the community. Since the neighbourhood grew informally and without a defined plan, these lanes are not named and they are also not recognizable on Google Maps. 

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

Website: mi-ti.com
Instagram: @11cbangkok
Twitter: @miti139


2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joop Swart Masterclass took place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters were selected to make the program more inclusive. 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 was ‘Reset’.

From July to October 2020, the participants worked on their projects and received mentorship and guidance from the mentors.

Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass.