The Enigma of Burma


121 x 91 cm (36×48 inches)

Acrylic on Burmese hand-woven Fabric

(This painting is being exhibited at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC). The collection is only accepted for reservation now, with availability for collection starting in February 2024. For reservations, please contact via email)

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My work in the field of fine-art engages with contemporary social struggles, in particular bringing to light previously hidden cultures and perspectives. The social position of women is a key concern of my work, which often combines paints, fabric, text and vintage photos as well as subversive images of women in ‘traditional’ dress that challenge the viewer’s gaze and assumptions about the feminine.

My artwork explores the essence of fabric in Myanmar, weaving together history, culture, ethnicity and religion to tell the story of this struggle and show how fabric is the connecting thread. Fabric is not just material but a site of social struggle. For generations, fabric has been used to encase traditional notions of femininity, however, a movement of resistance to both military and patriarchal power is springing up to fight this. My paintings potray history, culture and religion to tell the story of this struggle.

Chuu Wai Nyein

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