02 April – 29 June 2018
Phyoe Kyi (b. 1977, Myanmar) is a painter, graphic designer, and a self-taught installation and performance artist based in Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar. Working with a variety of mediums, his conceptual and experience-based practice triggers conversations on existing social systems and the complexities of human nature, often giving voice to oppressed and forgotten people. His works has been exhibited widely across Myanmar and has been included in numerous international shows such 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Japan (2005) and 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh (2004). His most recent solo show, The White Clothes took place at Myanm/art Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar (2016). He curated the 1st Mingun Biennale, Mingun, Myanmar (2015).
During the residency, Phyoe Kyi intends to develop an interactive multimedia installation. The project—which subtly pays homage to the artist’s mother, a recurrent subject in his work— entails both the conceptualization and the rendering of a virtual museum showcasing a selection of artworks that are of special significance to the artist himself. He aims to finalize the architectural plan of the museum as well as to gather video and audio files for his idiosyncratic collection. Concurrently, Phyoe Kyi will also expand the scope of The White Cloth, a project started in 2014 that explores the layered symbolical imagery of white cloth and its social, political, and cultural significance in Burmese culture and language.