Women-only art exhibit heads to Yangon Gallery
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.
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.