“Re-Connect: Contemporary Photography from Myanmar” Exhibition (16 May to 30 Jun 2013)

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

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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.

重新接轨:缅甸当代摄影

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随着缅甸踏出改革的第一步,它再次成为国际媒体的焦点。过去几十年, 翁山苏姬扛下缅甸民主的重担。但是,直到前将军登盛出任总统后,实质的改革才正式启动。

与此同时,东南亚当代艺术在这几年越来越受重视。然而,当代艺术和其定义正持续改变。和其它地方的艺术家一样,缅甸最优秀的艺术工作者对世界艺术的发展和论述相当关注。但他们也清楚意识到,仰光正在蜕变。

这次的展览为大家推介七位不同年代的缅甸艺术家。他们对摄影的了解和诠释截然不同。

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。

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Exhibition catalogue:

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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)

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Making test prints at Bits & Bytes / 16 April 2013

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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

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Setting up the exhibition / 13 to 15 May 2013

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Day 3 of Exhibition Set-up Tunnel publicity 15 May 2013

Po Po being interviewed by Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng from C&G Artpartment

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Photos/Images Courtesy of The Esplanade Co. Ltd

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Artist Talk / 18 May 2013

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Exhibited Works

_1020930lo_1020587loCaptions for Kaung Htet and Aung Pyae 20 May 2013"The Transition of Myanmar" (2011-12) / Aung Pyae 20 May 2013"Birth of the Nation" (2010-13) / Kaung Htet 20 May 2013"Revelation and Reverberation" (2004) / Tun Win Aung 17 May 2013"Revelation and Reverberation" (2004) / Tun Win Aung 20 May 2013"The Imagination Sphere" (2008-09) / Nge Lay 20 May 2013"Recycled Meanings" (2010-      ) / Aung Khin Myint 20 May 2013"Recycled Meanings" (2010-      ) / Aung Khin Myint 20 May 2013"Recycled Meanings" (2010-      ) / Aung Khin Myint 20 May 2013"People" (2008) /  Nyein Chan Su 17 May 2013"Identity Lost" (2000-2006) / Po Po 17 May 2013"Identity Lost" (2000-2006) / Po Po 17 May 2013"Identity Lost" (2000-06) / Po Po 20 May 2013"Identity Lost" (2000-06) / Po Po 20 May 2013