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PAPER CRANES

2022
Ang pao packets, batik fabric

‘Ang Pao’, paper envelopes containing money, are traditionally handed out as gifts during Malaysian cultural or religious celebrations; such was the tradition during my childhood Eid celebrations in London. Often decorated with beautiful colours and designs, I wanted to find a way to showcase the beauty in something that would usually be torn open and thrown away.

In this work, I have transformed these envelopes into 45 origami paper cranes, arranged on a surface of scrap Malaysian batik cloth. The previously flat, paper envelopes take on a completely new 3 dimensional shape here that is simply decorative; my intention here was to breathe new life into old scraps of paper.

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A young woman with a topknot kneels on a pavement. She is resting her chin on her right fist. On her left is a wall with three portait murals of smiling women. The portrait is black and white.

NUR HANNAH WAN

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER / ARTIST  /  UNITED KINGDOM

Nur Hannah Wan is a fine artist and documentary filmmaker. She divides her time between writing, painting and film making, weaving together narratives surrounding local culture and organic, homegrown community. Her work has taken her to places including Sudan, Gambia, and the Turkey-Syria border, working with communities and capturing refugee stories. More recently, she has spent time in Peninsular Malaysia, documenting Malay culture and the dying crafts of the East Coast. Her art & documentary work has been exhibited and published by The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, BBC and the British Library.

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