Women-only art ex­hibit heads to Yan­gon Gallery

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

FOR the se­cond year in a row, Yan­gon Gallery will host an all-women ex­hi­bi­tion start­ing on De­cem­ber 2 in or­der to spot­light an of­ten-over­looked por­tion of the Myan­mar artist scene. Co­or­di­na­tor Than Thar Pearl Thwe said the de­ci­sion to re­peat the oc­ca­sion was an easy one. “Last year, visi­tors were de­lighted by the Myan­mar womenonly ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said. “And this year we have even more than be­fore.”

Much more – nearly 140 women will fea­ture in the five-day ex­hi­bi­tion. Rang­ing from 12 to 80 years old, the artists pro­duced paint­ings across many medi­ums.

Daw New New Ye, 77, is one such painter. After help­ing or­gan­ise the in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion in 2015, she re­turns this week with three oil colour paint­ings in­spired by In­done­sian tra­di­tional styles.

“I’m so proud that th­ese hands which used to cook can now paint,” she said. I want to prove that the role of women in the art world is im­por­tant, and that we’ve played that role through­out art his­tory.”

She is joined by San Latt, a well-known fig­ure in Yan­gon’s art scene who plans to show three wa­ter­colour paint­ings. As an or­gan­iser of the ex­hi­bi­tion, she said it’s im­por­tant to hold th­ese types of events – with­out them, many women feel their work can be over­looked and un­der­val­ued com­pared to that of men.

“Many art forms con­sid­ered to be cre­ated pre­dom­i­nantly by women have been his­tor­i­cally dis­missed,” she said.

Other artists in­clude Khaing Thazin Htet and Daisy Jet, whose acrylic trop­i­cal flow­ers and fruits pro­vide a daz­zling dash of vi­brant colours to the gallery floor. Daisy Jet, who lives in Pyin Oo Lwin, said one of the rea­sons she came down to Yan­gon for the ex­hi­bi­tion was the prom­ise of shar­ing art se­crets and tech­niques in a women’s art com­mu­nity. “I’m al­ways try­ing to learn about new styles,” she said. The ex­hi­bi­tion opens at Yan­gon Gallery on De­cem­ber 2.

Photo: Sup­plied

This three-in-one in­stal­la­tion by Daisy Jet is one of hun­dreds of pieces on dis­play at Yan­gon Gallery’s all-women art ex­hi­bi­tion, open­ing on De­cem­ber 2.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.