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On 26th of November, the organisers of Beyond Pressure V:the International Contemporary Art Festival gave the press conference at a coffee house in Tarmwe Township. Moe Set, an art director and performance artist, and Maung Phone Myint, a poet and manager, released the programme of the festival at the event.
 
According to Moe Set, the movement of staging international performance art shows under the name of Beyond Pressure was established in 2008 and celebrated four times since then. In this fifth time between 6th and 11th of December, the movement is going to expand as the other contemporary art forms such as Installation, Video and Graffiti Arts are to be inclusive during the festival which will be hosted in four different places; Dagaung Gallery, Sane Lann Sopyae Garden and Kayawate Gabar in Yangon City and a place in Pyae City has been also arranged.
 
Mixed works by 24 international artists including seven Burmese artists will be involved in the festival. The organisers also explained the objectives of staging such a festival which are to deliver the contemporary art works before the public places in struggling nation which is trying to build up a modern and developed society and not to be left behind in the aspects of art development among the regional countries. 

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The international multimedia art festival called Blue Wind in which the Burmese individual artists and art groups and the international artists were getting involved was hosted in Burma in four different places between 23rd and 27th of November.

The festival included the programmes of displaying the art works, reading the theses on contemporary art, staging the performance art shows and showing the video art works. Mixed multimedia art works by more than 80 different international and Burmese artists were exhibited at Professional Art Gallery in Koemin Kochin Street between 9 am and 5 pm (Video Art workshops were between 1-4 pm) from 23rd to 27th of November.  

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Lily flutters her dark wavy eyelashes

From her long ivy hair, from her cheeks, from her neck

A bunch of rainbows bloom in the middle of the night

Her thin top curvy and bent, her minijeans torn and tight

Lily serves beer…

 

Lily cringes more than necessary, Lily comes close more than necessary

Lily mixes herself appositely…Lily has her own recipe, cultures her own yeast

Lily cooks the pose of a shecat in a pencil heel for an appetizer…

Lily woks the glassbead strings on her pearly breasts into munchies…

Lily’s black irides are like a virgin crow stalking its prey    

Lily moves like meatloaf about to be snatched by a hawk

Lily serves beer…

 

Lily promotes beer with her scent

Lily promotes her scent with beer

Lily serves beer…

 

Amid the buzzings of rowdy blowflies

Lusty looks fume as Lily uncorks the syrupy-sweet laughter …POP!…

Lily pours her froth of giggles

To be forked at, gummed and swallowed

 

With cloudberry lips, Lily serves…

Lily’s nonchaltant smile pierces their stares, Lily serves…

 

Lily knifes words with her gibble-gabble, Lily serves…

Lily wants to flow in their arteries, Lily serves…

 

Lily serves like a shaggy she-terrier, cajoling 

Lily smashes herself to fit into a bottle for her masters, Lily serves

 

Lily, her face uninteresed at the news of homecomings,

Transplants her life branch to branch to serve another beer…

Lily the bait, Lily the cheery fisherwoman who chaffs…

‘Life is bitter, life is beer.’ Lily serves another beer…

 

‘I am God’s glitch’ she serves…

‘I am a tiny she-snake from the wickerbasket of the snake charmer’ she serves

 

Because it is not bedtime yet…another

Because, on Lily, the nights pour down…another

Dawn unbudded, where the darkness lingers

Where the day is yet to shed new light

Lily serves beer…

Lily has just served…

Lily is serving…

 

Eaindra

 

translated by ko ko thett and James Byrne

from Bones will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets

illustration by artist San Minnn

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Min Thurein, a Burmese contemporary artist who also writes poems under nom de plume Lin Than Nyi, is exhibiting his art show titled as Free Space/ Empty Space in Yangon.

The show will proceed in three phases. Phase one is to do the necessary pre-show management works and handing out the show invitations.

The phase two is to take the utensils of art show to Myanmar Ink Gallery on 17th of November, Saturday from his home/studio and will set up the show by placing his art objects at the gallery.

In the next following day, phase three will continue as he is going to do the performance and will shift his art objects around in the gallery to make a new setting. Then, he will bring his utensils back to his home/studio and leave Free Space/ Empty Space in the gallery. At his home/studio, the show will be still moving on as he set up the utensils again, and then he will dismantle the objects to put an end. Complete cessation of activity or progress will occur and this condition of standstill itself is still a part of phase three.

The three phases of his Free Space/ Empty Space art show is to reflect the Life in its dynamic and kinetic circumstances. This art show is created with the newest idea and will be unique and distinguished Burmese contemporary art movement.
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Min Thurein, a Burmese contemporary artist who also writes poems under nom de plume Lin Than Nyi, is exhibiting his art show titled as Free Space/ Empty Space in Yangon.

The show will proceed in three phases. Phase one is to do the necessary pre-show management works and handing out the show invitations.

The phase two is to take the utensils of art show to Myanmar Ink Gallery on 17th of November, Saturday from his home/studio and will set up the show by placing his art objects at the gallery.

In the next following day, phase three will continue as he is going to do the performance and will shift his art objects around in the gallery to make a new setting. Then, he will bring his utensils back to his home/studio and leave Free Space/ Empty Space in the gallery. At his home/studio, the show will be still moving on as he set up the utensils again, and then he will dismantle the objects to put an end. Complete cessation of activity or progress will occur and this condition of standstill itself is still a part of phase three.

The three phases of his Free Space/ Empty Space art show is to reflect the Life in its dynamic and kinetic circumstances. This art show is created with the newest idea and will be unique and distinguished Burmese contemporary art movement.
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Fundraising event of cartoon exhibition in Mandalay City to help civil war victims in Kachin State   

Five contemporary cartoonists based in Mandalay City will have an exhibition titled as ‘Dote Htoe Owe Pauk’ (which means ‘Straightforward’ in Burmese) at Thiri Art Gallery on 34th street in Mandalay from 15th to 20th of November.

About 30 different works by five contemporary cartoonists such as Hercules (Kathar), Waiyan, Aung Maw, Pan Thu Aung and Nge Lay (Man) will be put on show and most works can be expected to see as satirical political cartoons.

Aung Maw, one of the cartoonists participated in this show, told that all money that would receive from the sale of the show will be donating to civil war refugees in Kachin State.

In Burma, it was like a demand of the profession to move to Yangon City if one may intend to establish as a cartoonist or illustrator working for the magazines since the publishing industries are mainly concentrated in there. Due to the benefit of development in information technology in these later years, the internet access becomes available for non-Yangon residents and the artists from upper Burma are now getting an option to remain in Mandalay in order to carry out their professions by working online.
Since these new generation exhibitors have been distributing their works by using social media networking site like Facebook for about two years now, their names may have already been recognised among the internet users in Burma.