Our Voices, Our Truths

What we need

This artwork was originally produced in 2016. With this photo series, the artist explores the State symbolism towards change. It uses the new flag, adopted in 2010 instead of the old socialist flag which was used as Myanmar flag since 1974, to portray how cosmetic changes were used to continue with State oppression despite the mention of “a new beginning”.

The use of the flag as a garment that suffocates its people, while also being beautiful enough to be admired, explains how many groups within the country suffered extreme oppression at a time when Myanmar was heralded as a symbol for democracy.

By focusing on the changes in state symbols, the artist argues that this work remains relevant, in light of the increasing violence taking place in the country. The artist asks the audience to think about what is really needed at a time when we are struggling in various ways and going through so many different difficulties?

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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Red Series 1

Red Series 2

Red Series 3

Red Series 4

Red Series 5

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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