Wonder in the Land, July 24-August 25, 2013
Burmese contemporary art group show
334 Dundas Street West, Toronto (across from the AGO)
Wednesday, July 24. 5 – 8 pm
Special event: "What's at stake in Myanmar's political, economic and social opening?"
August 1, 5.30 - 7 pm at the East Gallery
Event organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation - RSVP here
A lot has happened in Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the East Gallery first introduced Burmese contemporary art to Canadians in 2011. After five decades of censorship, Burmese artists are relishing a somewhat greater freedom of expression and the increased international attention being paid to the country’s vibrant art scene. "Wonder in the Land", the East Gallery’s third group show of contemporary Burmese artists, features new work by 5 leading artists, all of whom have had considerable international exposure and success. Visitors will experience a range of styles and themes from abstract to expressionistic, and from landscapes to street scenes.
In a series of almost monochromatic pictures featuring a flattened perspective, returning artist Yan Naing Tung’s new work portrays Burmese men in traditional social settings such as tea shops, and asks the question that is on everyone’s mind - ‘What will be next?’ In the images of Than Kyaw Htay , men in turbans turn their backs to the viewer, staring at a vibrantly coloured landscape in the distance – symbolic of the Burmese people’s longing for a brighter future.
Returning artist S. Moe Z.’s compelling new work combines realist and graphic techniques to create almost pop-art like images of Buddhist monks and Pa-O ethnic people who may be marching towards an uncertain future - or perhaps they are turning their back on earthly concerns. ‘Wonder in the land’ is a series of boldly colourful, expressionistic landscapes by Ngwe Aung , whose work will be shown in Canada for the first time. And Thar Gyi , who has had numerous overseas shows in the last 2 years, makes his Canadian debut with a series of abstract, highly textured 3-dimensional pieces, the “Shutter” series.