‘Silent’ car­toons hit gallery

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - LAE PHYU PYA MYO MYINT lae­phyupya@gmail.com

IT’S all in the draw­ing. The Silent Room Car­toon Ex­hi­bi­tion is on from Novem­ber 12 to 15 at the Think Art Gallery. Why silent? Be­cause none of the car­toons have a cap­tion. The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 86 artists, of whom 10 have been des­ig­nated mas­ter car­toon­ists. All have come to­gether this year through so­cial me­dia.

Of the over 90 works on show, some are com­put­er­gen­er­ated and some are hand-drawn. They are on sale for K100,000 or K200,000 de­pend­ing whether they were drawn by mas­ter car­toon­ists or the or­di­nary kind. The car­toons will be pub­lished in a book once the ex­hi­bi­tion is over.

“Cap­tion­less car­toons are harder to draw than car­toons with cap­tions. I’ve contributed some, but there are a wide range of works on view from our con­trib­u­tors,” said car­toon­ist Hatt Kawat.

Ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­iser ATH said, “I cre­ated the Facebook page to help bring car­toon­ists to­gether. We post our cre­ations ev­ery cou­ple of weeks on an agreed theme. I hoped we will be able to present an ex­hi­bi­tion ev­ery year, both here and over­seas.

“This Silent Room ex­hi­bi­tion is our group’s first ac­tiv­ity. I cre­ated the play­ground im­age for the ex­hi­bi­tion be­cause we have no play­grounds for our chil­dren,” he added.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is pro­vid­ing the coun­try with good lead­er­ship, but some of her fol­low­ers are go­ing about it the wrong way,” said car­toon­ist Thein Tun Oo. “That’s why my car­toons re­flect the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. I’ve drawn many com­mer­cial car­toons, but there is more free­dom in con­tribut­ing to an ex­hi­bi­tion like this.”

Photo: Supplied

The car­toons on ex­hibit at Think Art Gallery omit cap­tions, of­fer­ing vis­i­tors a chance to in­ter­pret as they see fit.

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