A Monument to Justice in Kachin State

A dreamy society

The video performance depicts a dreamy society. Here, people share everything. When one hurts, everyone hurts. Despite the hardship and suffering, people fight back, never considering giving up. The revolution lasted more than 60 years in Kachin Land of Myanmar.

Scene 1: Unity

Misfortune strikes a community in Kachin. People are hurt. The pain of an individual means that the whole society feels it, everyone sympathizing and encouraging.

Scene 2: Air Strike

Sadness takes over the whole community as misfortune strikes. Life becomes heavy, gradually turning into anger. 

Scene 3: Unreal

After the bad times, a moment of peace and calm starts. A peaceful period, too good to last. Taking the opportunity, the society starts preparing as they know it is the calm before the storm.

Scene 4: Among Blood

War breaks out. We have nothing to fight back with. The community is scattered. People hide in shelters, underground. Many die. After the war everyone rises. Deaths are never forgotten. Dead people walk alongside the living.

Scene 5: Into Darkness

Chained and detained, but not for long. 

Gradually they rise again to live in the system. Scattered movements indicate the system that all are put into.

Scene 6: Breaking Out

Despite constant human rights violations endured by Kachin people, giving up is not an option. It would be an act of betrayal since everyone would be affected. This society is based on an idea of unity. As long as someone in the society is standing, all are together. 

I miss my parents so much. I want to meet them but it’s impossible for me at the moment.
It'd be nice to have you here with me
Saw Kyaw Ra Mine misses his parents, who live in a village in Myanmar. He wants to meet them but is unable to. He wakes up early and spends free time playing games. He dreams of becoming an artist and saving money to support his parents.
His family was broken up due to a father's immature and party-oriented lifestyle, which led to a separation. He feels small, insecure, ashamed, and depressed. He meets a friend who invites them to a youth conference program, where they are warmly welcomed and taken care of as family members. The people they meet are active, smiling, and inspiring, providing help and encouragement to reconstruct themselves.

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People are staying together and making community who have same basic value of humanity and moral to form a stable and secure society. Each and every one is contributing for this community with their skills and capacities for the sustainability of it. People respects to each other, understand the diversity without judgement or discrimination and always think of inclusiveness. Such community can only be the good united community or the united community with diversity. I believe the art is the best platform or medium that can bridge among people for sharing and expressing of thoughts, feelings and opinions without words or languages. The opinions and voices of every participants is important and only the collective voices can represent and reflect the community. I want to search the collective answer of “What is union?” for our community through this experimental process. This exhibition is not only to watch my art creations but also a process or collective works that audience can participate. You can reflect how you grow up, what happening to you now and what you hope for your future. Then express it by participating in this exhibition. Please check the steps by steps instruction and feel free to participate!

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