By Aye Min Soe
“Artists Beyond Boundaries”, an exhibition of captivating and thought- provoking contemporary Yangon art, will be held at the American Centre of the U.S. Embassy from 16 to 29 June.
“The U.S. Embassy is proud to support this exhibition, which features such diverse Myanmar artists,” said Ambassador Scott Marcial. “Art can be a powerful tool in expressing a community’s struggles and achievements. We believe that freedom of expression is a vital aspect of a democracy and the U.S. Embassy continues to encourage and support freedom of speech in all forms throughout Myanmar.”
The exhibition is the first quarter of the four-part “Artists Beyond Boundaries” (ABB) Project, and is curated by Pamela Blotner and Mie Preckler and their Yangon colleague, Tin Win (Beikthano), Myanmar’s prominent art master. It presents the work of 25 local artists as they respond to the enormous cultural and political changes that have occurred in Myanmar over the past decade.
The American Centre will also host part two of the Project, three days of lectures and films by the exhibiting artists and the curators. Friends, families, visitors and members of the AC community are encouraged to attend, listen, mingle and view the artworks at their leisure.
The third and fourth studio-based parts of the project will be hosted by Pansodan Scene. Part three will feature studio demos and workshops by exhibiting artists, the ABB team, and guests. “Artists Beyond Boundaries” will conclude with a three-day open-studio collaborative art-making event. Everyone who comes by the studio will be encouraged to participate. The exhibition will remain open for viewing the AC through 29 June.
“Artists Beyond Boundaries” was created because I felt that it was important – both at home and countries across the globe – to see and understand how Myanmar artists have responded to the enormous cultural and political changes they have experienced in the last ten years. The artists in this exhibition have more than fulfilled my expectations – their artworks are direct and honest responses to issues that affect them personally and that they know affect us all,” said Pamela to the Global New Light of Myanmar.
Asked what is the difference between the art of Myanmar and other countires, she said, “It is difficult to compare diverse artists and cultures, as their circumstances vary so widely. In my experience, however, those countries who – like Myanmar – have endured hardship and repression in their recent history, create from the heart, above all.”.