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Seven Decades: Group exhibition visualizes artists’ experiences of Myanmar since independence

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The latest exhibition taking place at the Pyinsa Rasa’s art space in the Secretariat is a visual guide to Myanmar’s history in the time since independence. Curated by one of Myanmar’s most renowned artists Htein Lin, this exhibition includes paintings, video installations, sound art, sculpture and much more. Artists were invited to create new art that represents the history and their experience of the seven decades since gaining independence.

The work of Aye Ko, for example, is a memory of the thousands of students killed during student protests over the decades. Aye Ko has carved the names of the students into a large collection of wooden logs.

The artist himself was imprisoned for his involvement in the 1988 revolution and, perhaps ominously, has left a number of wooden logs uncarved for the names of students which he believes are yet to lose their lives for a cause.

Ex-political prisoner San Min’s work is also connecting the viewer to the story of his days in prison. A miniature model of the infamous Insein Prison is surrounded by life-size metal bars on which molded hands grip. His artwork is called ‘In Isolation’.

“Most of the artists I have invited are developed in the Myanmar modern period, but they have survived many storms and made it through to the era of contemporary art,” said Htein Lin’s curator’s note for the event.



This exhibition runs until July 31st. The gallery is open 10am to 5pm daily.

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Marie is copy editor and writer at My Magical Myanmar since 2016. From Ireland but living in Myanmar for the past five years, she specializes in travel writing and hotel and restaurant reviews. Her writing and photography have been published in numerous local as well as major international publications including Al Jazeera and The Irish Times. Her passion lies with exploring unknown destinations and discovering diverse ethnic cuisines."""

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