ABOUT THE MYANMAR ART SCENE - BURMA'S ART SCENCE BACKGROUND
For many of us, art is a form of unbridled self-expression, free from rules and boundaries. It’s hard to imagine then that up until 2011, much of Burma’s (Myanmar's) creative output was stifled and free speech was curbed across the arts.
Although it’s never been banned per se, under the military junta art was heavily censored. Authorities were to be notified ahead of exhibitions – they could then be restricted for arbitrary reasons, like having paintings with the “wrong” colors (red or black were firm enemies). Abstract pieces with ambiguous meanings could also be particularly problematic.
But following the easing of censorship, the vibrant city of Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is now teeming with art. A new generation of exceptional artists are emerging, with supportive curators exhibiting their work internationally. Revolutionary performance art, once hidden safely behind closed doors, is now developed openly and accessible.