Pandan

Rupa co.lab
(Singapore)

Ahmad Jihad has a secret struggle; one that no one needs to know. Ramlan harbours a dual identity—and multiple uniforms. Ramlah is a happy housewife and livestream baker. Zana plays in the duplicitous waters of online dating. When an old public swimming complex is set to be demolished, what is private gets forced to the surface.

Written by Hazwan Norly and directed by Rizman Putra, Pandan is a contemplative and occasionally surreal exploration of the intersections where our faith, public identities, online avatars and personal ruminations meet. In reckoning with their personal “jihad”, or spiritual struggle, can they find their truest selves?

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RELATION TO QUIET RIOT

Often conflated with religious violence, “jihad” refers to a more nuanced concept of a spiritual struggle within oneself. Pandan looks at what happens when private aspects of people’s lives are exposed to public scrutiny, and the internal and external fissures that result. In becoming a silent minority, how do people quell what’s in their hearts? To drown out the noise, there may be a need to seek peace and allyship in the unlikeliest of places. Pandan is a play that hopes to tell an honest story of the choices we make in our daily lives to rebel against ourselves or the social structures we feel we have to serve.

With the support of Hong Leong Foundation and Pasar Glamour.

Ahmad Jihad has a secret struggle; one that no one needs to know. Ramlan harbours a dual identity—and multiple uniforms. Ramlah is a happy housewife and livestream baker. Zana plays in the duplicitous waters of online dating. An old public swimming complex is set to be demolished. As a result, what is private gets forced to the surface.

Pandan is written by Hazwan Norly and directed by Rizman Putra. It is a thoughtful and sometimes surreal exploration of the crossroads. It explores where our faith, public identities, online avatars and personal ruminations meet. In reckoning with their personal “jihad”, or spiritual struggle, can they find their truest selves?

Download Artist Biographies

Visit facebook.com/rupacolab and instagram.com/rupacolab to find out more

RELATION TO QUIET RIOT

Often confused with religious violence, “jihad” is a personal spiritual struggle. Pandan looks at conflicts emerging when people’s private lives are exposed. In becoming a silent minority, how do people quell what’s in their hearts? To drown out the noise, there may be a need to seek peace and allyship in unlikely places. Pandan hopes to tell an honest story of the daily choices we make to rebel. The rebellion can be against ourselves or the social structures we feel we have to serve.

With the support of Hong Leong Foundation.




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