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Artist Beyond Boundaries, Yangon, 2017
The Curators, Pamela Blotner and Mie Preckler, would like to thank the following people whose hard work and dedication made this project possible: Our Artists Beyond Boundaries Team, Yangon 2017:
Elizabeth Addison, Cynthia Myint Soe and Aung Myint Tun.
-Winnie Hofstetter and her team at the American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Yangon: Aye Aye Nyein, Aye Mon, Tun Aung, Kyaw Khaing, Min Thiha Soe and the kind and skilled workers who helped us install the exhibition at the Count Basie Hall Gallery.
-Aung Soe Min and Nance Cunningham and their team at Pansodan Scene and Pansodan
Our ABB Yangon 2017 artists:
Aung Ko, Aung Myint, Chan Aye, Htein Lin, Kyi Wynn, Ko Z, Ma Ei, Mayco Naing, Moe Satt, Myat Tun Aung, Nann Nann, Nge Lay, Nyein Chan Su (NCS), Pe Nyunt Way, Phyu Mon,San Minn, Soe Yu Nwe, Sonny Nyein, Thar Gyi, The Maw Naing, Tin Win, Yadanar, Zoncy , ZZDD.
In addition, we would like to thank Beikthano Gallery, Tun Lin, Sann Sann Myint, John Barrett, Jeanne Marie Hallacy and all our friends and supporters in Myanmar and the United States.
-Pamela Blotner and Mie Preckler
MYANMAR ARTISTS REFLECT ON THE PAST AND ENVISION THE FUTURE
When Artists Beyond Boundaries Yangon 2017 opened on June 16 in the American Center’s Count Basie Hall, visitors were greeted
with an exhibition that blended the works of established, and emerging Myanmar artists. The exhibition was a continuation of
“The Burmese/American Art Exchange” that Pamela Blotner had curated a decade ago. For the “Artists Beyond Boundaries Project
” Mie Preckler joined Blotner as co-curator and their investigation expanded to an exploration of the ways in which Myanmar artists
have responded to the cultural and political changes that have transpired in Myanmar over the past decade. The exhibition featured
artists who had lived and worked under dictatorship and had appeared in the earlier show, as well as artists who came to artistic
maturity during Myanmar’s transition to democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership. The twenty-four exhibitors hailed from
six different ethnic regions and eight of them were women. Soon after the opening, the curators and select Myanmar artists lectured
on social issues, ideas and exchange in contemporary art. Following the lectures, the Artists Beyond Boundaries team moved to
Pansodan Scene in downtown Yangon for studio demonstrations and workshops. The ABB team also got the opportunity to share
a day of hands-on art making with a group of Myanmar elementary school students, when they joined Winnie Hofstetter and
her American Center staff at the Hmen Kin Parahita Orphanage. The ABB Yangon Project culminated with a 3 - day collaborative
studio event at Pansodan Scene which functioned as an environment for sharing processes and exchanging ideas and
resulted in individual artists, art students and community members working together to create exciting new collaborative works.
The Artists Beyond Boundaries exhibition, workshops and collaborative studio experimentation worked in different ways to take the
temperature of visual art in Yangon and how transition, expansion and growth continue to emanate from the new freedom and
expanded geographical and conceptual boundaries being tested by this sampling of 24 active artists.