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From 4th to 9th of February 2013, the South East Asia urban art event titled as ‘the Rendezvous II’ was taken place at Timber Land Furniture in Damaryon Street of Hlaing Township to exhibit the collective works of art such as graffiti art, and street and urban art created by about 20 local artists including Thu Myat, Wunna Lin, Yarzar and Ye Myint Thu and the other 9 artists from across the South East Asian countries such as Philippine, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.  
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The opening ceremony was at 5 pm on 4th in which the artists created the graffiti art in live. The symposium was also held in the next following day between 1pam to 5pm on the 5th.  The daily show time was between 9 am to 5pm on the aforementioned dates.
                              
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Khin Maung OO, a poet, claimed that his native village used to be called ‘Two Books village’ as there would be found only two books: a collection of prayers and a lyrics collection of Tontay Thein Dan’s songs, in whole village.

Who knows how many villages are still remaining in the same situation of being ‘two books village’ in Burma till now? Can you imagine that there isn’t any book; forget about possessing a computer or having an internet access; in a whole village to read?

After moving to a city, Khin Maung Oo has achieved relatively more comfortable life and now he is ready to transform his strongest desire into a reality; to found a library in his native village; that he has been wishing for a long time.

On 25th of January, a library called ‘Village raised by Literature’, in Sin Gone village of U Dain group- Madayar Township, was opened at a new building worth 4 million kyats donated by Khin Maung Oo and his family.

As a pre-opening celebration, there was verity of free entertainment programmes performed by Gitameit music group, Thein Than Win (Mahlaing) group and Royal Star Models group. Sane Yaung Son (Green campaign NGO group) also planted trees to mark the opening of a new library. There was a literary talk show of Myae Lat Maung Myint Thu, Chit Sayar, Lay Ko Tin and Nyi Min Nyo in the pre-opening evening. In the next following day, the opening ceremony started with a literary talk show of Chit San Win and La Min Eain.

Since there were many glorious and remarkable moments at very beginning of its existence, it can be said that this library was brought to life very auspiciously and Sin Gone village will certainly benefit from a library.
                                        
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Art is always demanded to produce and present new and fresh works not only from the individuals, now also from a community. Art is traditionally concerned with the individual persons who consider themselves as the artists. There is always a partition between an artist and the audience since a work of art is created by an artist and the audience is just to appreciate the work of art. The ‘Community Art’ is now attempting to break this partition. The ‘Community Art’ is intending to deliver the works of art directly to the audience. The ‘Community Art’ is urging the audience to get involved in the process of art creation. The audience is to get freed from being just the audience and the appreciators are becoming the creators. The ‘Community Art’ is to have done by the people and ‘Art’ shall not be separated from the people.

In Mandalay, the Contemporary Art Centre hosted ‘The Community and Contemporary Art Course Workshop and Training’ from 20th to 24th of January 2013 to introduce the ‘Community Art’ to the locals. More than 30 persons of debutant creators and artists from different artistic fields joined the workshop. The instructors were Lydia Parusol from Poland and Tith Kanitha from Cambodia and the workshop was focused on the community art and Contemporary Art Practice.

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Despite the ending of pre-publication censorship to promote press freedom since early 2012, the scrutinizing on films and paintings has been still conducted by the respective censor boards in Burma.

This nude painting titled as ‘sleeping girl’ by Khin Maung Yin, the legend modernist, was banned from the artist’s solo show ‘Khin Maung Yin 100’ last week at Lawkanat gallery. The scrutinizing committee stated that the painting is culturally inappropriate.

At the dawn of political reform in Burma, the artists become drawing the paintings with political themes such as the portraits of General Aung San and Daw Su and the paintings reflecting the political imprisonment. And the nude paintings, traditionally very rare genre of Art in Burma, are also coming out quite a number in recent days especially at the artists’ Facebook pages and their own studios.

In the other regional countries like Malaysia and Indonesia; the Islamic nations where more political freedom is granted in comparison with Burma; the artists are still experiencing the difficulty to exhibit the nude paintings for the religious reason. Although predominate Theravada Buddhism in Burma does not impose any particular religious prohibitions, the nude paintings are banned consecutively for so-called cultural reasons.

Because of the conservative point of view held by the art censor board, the emerging trend of nude paintings is still restrained and difficult to display in public place and galleries.
 
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These two nude paintings are drawn by Ko Ko Naing and Zwe Yan Naing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        Ko Phone
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The Yangon-born 34 year old contemporary artist Min Htet Aung had his third solo exhibition in his 5 years career at Lawkanat gallery of Pansoedan between 14th and 17th of December 2012. He had exhibited three solo shows in three consecutive years at the same gallery, Lawkanat since 2010. He also took part in the multi-artist exhibitions and had the duo show with Soe Naing at Lawkanat in October 2010. In this third solo show, not only his abstract paintings were mainly showed but also the portraits of the famous artists and poets such as Khin Maung Yin, Maung De, Moe Way and Sai Win Myint in his unique style were presented. His paintings can reflect the artist’s inner-mind responding to Burmese contemporary urban life, and his abstract styles have offered a different experience to the viewers.
                                                                                                        Ko Phone
                                                                                           translated by Ko Phyo