What we remember, when we remember

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana

When I was young, we used to watch a 7 pm Korean TV series that was broadcasted by MRTV. There were no other TV channels but only a few state-owned and Military owned ones. After we enjoyed the drama series, we were told to turn off the TV. At 8 pm. There was a regular news segment where the cameras would follow the military leaders as they went around doing good deeds. This is what my parents didn’t want me to see; the lies they told.

We must redefine everything we were taught as a child in this military-ruled country. The military has been running this country for several generations of military generals and they long to keep having that hold of power. Along the way, they make sure we live in fear so that they can control us. “What we remember, when we remember” is a converging conversation between the past and the present. Why do we have to live in fear? When will the fear end?

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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