CCC Exhibition at the Secretariat Yangon
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.” Organised by the Goethe-Institut Myanmar, the exhibition will run from 19th January to 10th February at the historic Secretariat Yangon.
CCC Yangon explores the diverse modes how artists in Southeast Asia are catching up with the international movement of conceptual art. Since the mid of the last century artists of this innovative flow turned away from the classical genres of painting and sculpture and made the Visualization of Ideas the focus of their work. In order to convey their “concepts” to the viewer, any form of presentation, material or medium is acceptable: everyday objects, installations, collages, photos, videos, happenings or performances – the most important factor in Conceptual Art is to encourage the viewer to reflect and think.
CCC Yangon will show a representative and easily approachable selection of typical conceptual art pieces, all created by artists from Myanmar and the neighbouring countries. Many of them try to find original ways to deal with the socially controversial and to recall what has been collectively oppressed.
Curated by the Singapore-based art historian Iola Lenzi , CCC was originally commissioned by the Bangkok Art and Culture Center and travelled from Thailand to Vietnam and Indonesia.
The Yangon version, co-curated by Nathalie Johnston from MyanmArt, is the final station of the exhibition and set to be the most impressive one.
“We are significantly expanding CCC with works by more Myanmar artists producing new pieces for the exhibition. In total, there will be 10 Myanmar artists showcasing their finest and most thought-provoking works,” said Franz Xaver Augustin, Director of the Goethe-Institut Myanmar.
Typical for CCC Yangon are the interactive art pieces which engage the audience in the creative process: the round Ping –Pong Table of Lee Wen from Singapore, Tintin Wulias “Make Your Own Passport !”, the Selfie-Booth of the Vietnamese Bui Cong Khanh and many more.
Again the splendorous Minister’s building will be the background of another exciting art show organized by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the BACC Bangkok.