Curator: Shireen Naziree
Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition Beyond Burma with new art works by five Myanmar artists.
The country formerly known as Burma was renamed Myanmar in 1989 by the country's military junta. Many countries continued to use the term 'Burma' for several years, unwilling to recognise Myanmar's repressive policies and poor adherence to human rights. However, since 2010 the political situation has undergone changes in many areas, initiated by the current President Thein Sein. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, and there is cautious optimism - something that has not been seen in the country since the military takeover in 1962. The exhibition Beyond Burma highlights the current and changing social, economic and political landscape that is currently enveloping Myanmar.
Phyoe Kyi is a conceptual artist who is highly regarded for his video and animation films that portray the challenging conditions of Myanmar's poor. His project Beyond Burma or Inside Fire parodies Myanmar's government as he questions their intentions on the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Kaung Su was born in Yangon and through his Black Face series he examines the psyche of the human condition. For BEYOND BURMA, he juxtaposes archival images of Burma's march to independence with contemporary forms of expression.
Renowned for her digital art, Phyu Mon is Myanmar's most prominent woman artist. Phyu Mon's Polite Wave is a body of work that expresses hopes for a better Myanmar and in particular for the rural poor. Her six digital pictures are supported by a performance work.
Nyein Chan Su has been a recipient of numerous art awards in Myanmar and internationally. For BEYOND BURMA he has produced a series of photographs and a video work that relate to the realities of life in Yangon. Regarded as Myanmar's foremost performance artist, Nyein Chan Su will be present a performance at the opening of the exhibition.
San Minn is one of Myanmar's most noted senior artists. A founding member of the Gangaw Village Group, his eclectic paintings highlight the disparities within Myanmar's social structures. BEYOND BURMA features paintings from his Gun series.
You are kindly invited for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 10th November 2012 at 17:00 (5 pm)