After the military coup in 2021, all the lives and hopes of the Myanmar people, including mine, were shattered. I had to leave my beautiful home and held my little daughter's hand. My life was no longer secure. All my dreams and hopes were gone. I was hopeless and unsure of the future. Despite this, I fought back in the only way I could: with my art. I had to flee my country. After, I felt I had lost my way and was trapped in a fog. When I talk to my friends inside and outside, they also feel the same way.
The work I am creating is meant to express the hopes of all Myanmar, whether they are in Myanmar or abroad, for whatever reason. This is a collective artwork. The artwork documents our vague dreams and hopes so they are not forgotten. I would like to bring back all our good hopes, so they keep reminding us what we really wanted to do in the future. The artwork also reminds us that we should keep our good hopes even when we are in the worst situation.
This is a collective artwork, an "the artwork of us". Different people participated in the making of these photos. The photo series includes a portrait on the back of each person, each with a different camera, a different resolution, a different composition, different hopes, and different backgrounds. I combined these photos, with the purpose of encouraging each other to keep our hopes alive. Let me express our innermost thoughts so the audience can make them a reality on our behalf.
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!