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If Eyes could Speak
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Latt Zaw Nay, artist - Yangon (Burma)
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Latt Zaw Nay, artist - Yangon (Burma)
Description: In parallel, a new generation of young artists has started realizing that, in a country where art is at best difficult and at worst dangerous, they?re stronger united. Some collectives of artists and associations have started appearing, some very ambitious ? like the New Zero Project, a gallery owned and run by a group of 30 young artists ? some more spontaneous. Every Sunday, at Kyi Pya?s, a photographer and Aung Ko?s, a sculptor, a dozen or so artists gather around a candle to share ideas and sing songs (picture 17):

?The previous generation had a tendency to stay isolated, to work on their own, explains Kyi Pya. But we (the young generation) have grown closer. We?re more open minded. We like sharing. Everyone has a different knowledge. By talking, we enrich each other.?

This young generation is far more aware of the possibilities that Internet opens for artistic creation and promotion. Listening to Latt Zaw Nay, a young 24 year old prodigy that sells paintings for $5,000 a piece, one can?t help to feel that the web is currently changing Burma :

?In art school, we merely focused on copying the work of great masters. Then internet arrived?On the web, I was able to analyze the work of foreign artists and realized that there were many more styles than I could dream of. I used that to develop my inspiration and create my own style. Internet has also changes the way people perceive art in Burma. Before, people were only able to admire a painting passively. But now, they ask, they engage, they try to determine what?s new about this or that. It?s a very positive evolution. You see less and less realist art and more and more conceptual art out there.?
Keywords: Burma, Myanmar, Yangon, Rangoon, Cocoon, art, artists, modern, contemporary, painter, painting, performance, creation, creativity
Date: 10.05.2010 22:10
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Copyright Notice: Brice Richard 2009
Keywords: Asia, Burma, interview, June 12, Myanmar, photo essay, Rangoon, Southeast asia
City: Rangoon
Country: Burma

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