Artists sell paint­ings and photos near Man­dalay moat to help flood vic­tims

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

AS the Aye­yarwady River swells and floods com­mu­ni­ties through­out the coun­try, many Myan­mar peo­ple are do­ing all they can to help the flood vic­tims. Even paint­ing. In Man­dalay, artists and pho­tog­ra­phers have set to work draw­ing, paint­ing and shoot­ing land­scapes in or­der to sell their prod­ucts and do­nate the pro­ceeds to those af­fected.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Soe Min said the col­lec­tive un­der­took a sim­i­lar cam­paign dur­ing the Kalay flood­ing in Au­gust 2015. That cam­paign raised over K10 mil­lion (US$8450).

“The cus­tomers will also do­nate money,” he said. “Our skilled pho­tog­ra­phers and photography en­thu­si­asts will buy and sell while mak­ing merit.”

The sale be­gan on Au­gust 7, with prices start­ing at K20,000 (US$17). Open from 9am to 5pm, the photo show­room also has smaller pic­tures, avail­able for K1000 to K5000.

Saya Moe Oo, an artist in­volved in the drive, said she and her fel­low artists raised over K5.3 mil­lion dur­ing the first two days of the drive.

“We are very glad they take food to us when we are draw­ing,” she told The Myan­mar Times, ges­tur­ing to vol­un­teers laden with rice curry to go. “Man­dalay Re­gion com­prises many artists and we will carry out as much wel­fare as we can, no mat­ter the dif­fi­cul­ties that ex­ist.”

Be­sides sell­ing pic­tures and photos, the group is also col­lect­ing dona­tions by play­ing gui­tar and other in­stru­ments along the Man­dalay moat.

Photos: Si Thu Lwin

Artists and pho­tog­ra­phers set up their wares on a thor­ough­fare in Man­dalay.

A woman, fresh off her bike, con­sid­ers do­nat­ing.

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