photos by Prum Bandiddh
In Myanmar, we provided grants to Aung Myat Htay, a Myanmar curator and implemented the "-Speech is Silver but Silence is Golden- Contemporary Myanmar Art after Political Changes 2015-2019" project. We conducted interviews with contemporary artists in Myanmar, created books, and held exhibitions.
1. DVD Magazine "Silence is Golden" Catalogs & Interviews Video Collection>
"Speech is Silver but Silence is Golden: Contemporary Myanmar Art after Political Changes 2015-2019"
"Art possesses important tools to make lives better, all while perceiving cultural and social histories. After the 2015 general elections, Myanmar successfully transitioned from military rule to a democratic system. We hope that this time provides more chances to express what we want as artists. Today we are focused on good relations between artists and the audience through new engagements.
These video interviews with artists and curators share stories about how the scope of local art expanded after 2015. The first issue of Contemporary Art DVD Magazine titled “An Introduction to Contemporary Art in Myanmar 2013” had very positive responses by local and international art links. 20 local artists were selected to participate in the DVD project.
For this 2nd issue, we will follow this research style, in an updated local art scene, within the current issues of social/political changes. Experimental art and new ideas are now rising and emerging among young artists. Supported by AURA Mekong Art Project and organized by SOCA, we will examine the various voices and record and feature the most important works and ideas of the present time in the multidisciplinary scene, through these different generations." ー Except from the Introduction of "Silence is Golden Catalog"
Artists, Collective Group and Alternative Art Space:
Maung Di, Htein Lin, Min Zaw, Maung Day, Zun Ei Phyu, Thynn Lei Nwe, Kyaw Htoo Bala, Soe Yu Nwe, 3 AM, Myanm/art
- Curated and Edited by Aung Myat Htay
- Edit/Translated by Amon, Ke'Su Thar, Nora@Khin Thet Har Latt, Phoo Myat Thwe
- Contributor: Maung Day, Myanm/art (Myanmartrevolution.com)
Mekong Contemporary Art Foundation(AURA MEKONG ART PROJECT), One Asia Lawyers
2. Implementation of Exhibitions in Myanmar
"Silence is Golden"
As the first full-scale event by the Mekong Contemporary Art Foundation (current Aura Contemporary Art Foundation), this exhibition introduced ten artists selected by young curator, Aung Myat Htay.
- Date: May 3rd, 2019
- Venue: Yangon Japan Culture Center (Japan Foundation)
- Curator: Aung Myat Htay
- Artists: Thynn Lei Nwe, Zun Ei Phyu, Maung Di, Htein Lin, Soe Yu Nwe, Kyaw Htoo Bala, Nathalie Johnston, 3AM etc.