Re-Connect: Contemporary Photography from Myanmar
Artists: Po Po, Tun Win Aung, Nyein Chan Su, Nge Lay, Aung Khin Myint, Aung Pyae, Kaung Htet
Curated by Zhuang Wubin
Jendela Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore
16 May, 7pm: Opening
18 May, 3pm: Artists’ Talk (Featuring Po Po, Aung Khin Myint and Aung Pyae)
Exhibition duration: 17 May–30 Jun 2013
In recent years, Myanmar has re-emerged as the darling of global media, as the country embarks tentatively in the liberalization of her political landscape and her commercial arena. While Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has kept the flame of democracy alive for many years, it is the appointment of former general U Thein Sein as president that has kick-started the reforms across the country.
Meanwhile, interest in contemporary Southeast Asian art has continued to grow, even though the state of contemporary art is still in flux. The best Myanma artists, like their peers elsewhere in the world, have always kept an eye on the discourse of global art, without losing sight of what is happening on the streets of Yangon.
This exhibition brings together seven Myanma artists of different generations who approach photography in contrasting ways.
Despite the perceived isolation of the country, the works of Po Po and Nyein Chan Su show that the sense of identity amongst the Myanmar people has also been affected by globalization, fashion and propaganda. Artists like Tun Win Aung, Nge Lay and Aung Khin Myint adopt a more personal starting point in the projects that they present here, evoking our sense of mortality through the photographs that they create. Photojournalists like Kaung Htet and Aung Pyae complete the selection, giving us an entry point into the exhibition and the changes that have come to the country. They are not mere observers, but active agents in shaping and contesting this new era of freedom in Myanmar.
虽然缅甸长期给人的印象是个封闭的国度，其人民的身份认同依然受环球化、世界潮流、和文宣的影响。Po Po和Nyein Chan Su用作品探讨相关问题。Tun Win Aung, Nge Lay和Aung Khin Myint的作品则富个人色彩。他们透过摄影勾起我们面对生老病死的无助感。而象Kaung Htet和Aung Pyae的新闻摄影师，他们的作品引导我们进入这次的展览，也让我们更了解缅甸在这几年的改变。他们并非被动地记录这一切，而是通过摄影工作积极地塑造、挑战缅甸的民主自由。
Short curatorial tour of the exhibition [In Mandarin] / Courtesy of Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng (HK)
Po Po talks about his exhibited work, Identity Lost [In English] / Courtesy of Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng (HK)
Aung Khin Myint talks about his exhibited work, Recycled Meanings [In English] / Courtesy of Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng (HK)
Making test prints at Bits & Bytes / 16 April 2013
Putting up the Myanma language posters at Peninsula Plaza and Peninsula Shopping Centre, popular meeting places for Myanma workers and expats living in Singapore / 11 May 2013
Setting up the exhibition / 13 to 15 May 2013
Po Po being interviewed by Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng from C&G Artpartment
Photos/Images Courtesy of The Esplanade Co. Ltd
Artist Talk / 18 May 2013