Some of the region’s most captivating pieces of contemporary art will be on exhibit at an upcoming exhibition entitled “Concept Context Contestation (CCC) Yangon – Contemporary Art from Myanmar and Southeast Asia.”
Constructed in the 1920ies, it became the headquarters of Aung San’s Independence Party after the war. Under Ne Win, it was the State School of Arts and now it is home to the Goethe-Institut. The Goethe Villa reflects a century of turbulent history. Read more here!
While the photographic history of the colonial period was extensively documented, the Burmese photographers and their photographs remained unknown. Lukas Birk has searched those photographs and thereby traced the history of Burmese photography. Here, he talks about his exhibition "Burmese Photographers", the book it is based on and about the changes Myanmar photography has gone trough in the last decade.
Figure theatre artist Anne Klatt visited Myanmar for three weeks in November 2017 to create a performance with young puppeteers from Yangon and Mandalay. Here she talks about the experiences she made working with the students, the creative potential of cultural differences, the childlike openness the students showed towards the materials and the future of puppet theatre in Myanmar.
The Goethe-Institut Myanmar was shut down for fifty years until its reopening was celebrated two years ago. The political reforms that began in 2011 opened the pathway for its reestablishment. We spoke with institute director Franz Xaver Augustin.
In 2019, the event takes place internationally in over 20 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa from October 07 to December 23. The Science Film Festival is currently open to submissions until March, 22.
Six German photographers present their perspectives on Myanmar. Often visiting the country for several weeks at the time, their photographs were exhibited at the Goethe-Institut over the course of the past three years. At these events the photographers would give talks about their photographic philosophy and providing an insight into their work. This is how the photolectures emerged, and in what follows, we will present the Burmese component of these artists’ presentations.