If unity/ then justice?

United Forever, Fight Together

Unity is a word I have heard since childhood and a word that has determined life for me as a member of an ethnic minority group.

As an ethnic person, I have two ways of interpreting the call for "unity and solidarity" from the Union/military government.

The first is the idea that victory comes from unity. The proverb “If a herd of cows get separated, the tiger will prey" is an effective and easy-to-understand Burmese proverb that symbolizes this type of national unity against foreigners. It conveys the meaning that, if there is no unity within Myanmar, we [the country of Myanmar] will easily collapse.

The other way to understand unity is through the notion of oppression. We need to understand that in the first instance, the demand for unity can allow those in power to oppress the people. This is bad for society.

The unity I want to portray here shows the unity of free people, who come together voluntarily to protest — for their rights and the common good of humankind. Only through freedom can we come together and be strong. Only then will we be able to live in a beautiful and peaceful place.

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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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