Archive for the ‘contemporary art’ Category

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Raphael Olivier was recently in Malaysia and covered the Buka Jalan International Performance Art Festival at the National Art Galery of Kuala Lumpur with our malaysian friends from the Buka Colektif


Our friend Gabby Miller came along with Duc Hoang, Huy An and Toan Vu to use the space for a week of work, workshop and performance. They had a great use of any space, from the stairs to the rooftop, from installation to performance.

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Almaz Collective presents On/Off, featuring 9 of Myanmar’s leading contemporary artists: Aung Pyi Sone, Maung Day, Moe Satt, M.S.O, Nge Lay, San Min, Than hay Maung, Thu Rein and Wah Nu, practicing contemporary art since three different eras of Myanmar history (1974 until now), join together to display installation, video, photography and performance. Two days of performance and art talk, to introduce you to the new explosion of art in Myanmar.

“The name “On / Off” refers to the quick moment between when something is switched on and switched off. It is not permanent nor a period of time one can prepare systematically. What one can see, hear, feel or interpret within a moment between when something is opened up and closed again is paramount. Just a short plotted incidence between the audience and artists – we share the moments together.”

Moe Satt – Curator

Let the artist talk :

“Almaz Collective was kind enough to offer up the space between the 7th Floor and the roof top for me to do the first in an ongoing series of drawing experiments. I arrived in the early hours of a Sunday morning, and drew slow and steady on the wall until I reached the very top of the stairwell.

The project requires a pencil, a pencil sharpener, a stairwell and some patience. I’ve been thinking about this Vietnamese saying “Muon di xa, phai di tu tu”, which means “If you want to go far, you have to go slowly.” I’ve been sticking to the belief that making things, or specifically, drawing things, has the capacity to make you a better person – more patient, more careful, lighter, and cleaner. I think I’m sort of testing out this theory of transformation, making the act of drawing make me go up, through physical space, and through spending time.

This also is about being in transition – of figuring out how to make space, how to make my way to a destination. I’ve since tried out the drawing in different homes in Hanoi. Pham Ngoc Duong’s and Tuong Linh’s house in Gia Lam, and Nguyen Thao’s housing block in Vinh Phuc. The drawing lets me inhabit different places, be quiet and listen to them.

Thao helped me out by relating “muon di xa, phai di tu tu” to the title of Hanoi Painter Ha Tri Hieu’s exhibition “Đi thì thành đường”. This saying is a bit difficult to translate, but it basically means that “in going, one makes their own path through the street.” The doing is the means and the way.

Clearly this isn’t all thought through, but I’m very glad to have been able to start this project at Almaz. How to make sense of making this drawing at a former brothel inhabited by artists and ex-pats? I’m not sure yet!”

Gabby Miller