Art Radar Asia interviews FCP artist couple, Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu – find out more in the Impact of FCP 2013!
Myanmar artist couple Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu create work in a range of media, including painting, installation, performance and video. Tun Win Aung’s multimedia installations and performances are often produced specifically for outdoor sites, responding to local histories and environments, while Wah Nu’s paintings and video works use color and symbolism to create dreamlike, wistful impressions of her surroundings. Through their practices, they respond to each other’s work and often collaborate on joint projects. Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu’s collaborations have travelled to the 4th Guangzhou Triennial, China; Videozone V at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv; the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the 2nd and 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennales, Japan. They have also participated in group shows at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; The Almaz Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam; Asienhaus, Essen, Germany; Gallery CON.form Architects, Berlin, Germany; Kunstverein Bad Aibling, Germany; Osage Singapore; University of Passau, Germany; Singapore Art Museum; and Shimbashi Station, Tokyo, Japan.
“We initiated the Art & Museum Project because as we travel around the countryside we are always faced with a lot questions as to what artists like us do. People want to know what artworks we make. Where are our exhibitions held? They think the ‘art-museum’ is still a far away land. Hopefully this project will respond to ‘what is art?’ and ‘what is museum?’
In 2010, we started to realise small scale exhibition spaces in different villages and towns where there are no art gallery or museum built for the people. We thought exhibition designs should be connected and reflect on local people’s daily life, situations or landscapes. Space designs should be friendly and accessible for local people. So, we chose local small huts, tents, and barns. After that, we asked what pieces should be exhibited? We decided to collect local artifacts & handicrafts even though they were not seen as ‘artworks’. We walked around the villages, met children and asked for their toys to exchange with our new ones. We walked by the river to find flotsam which the water brought.
Related to ‘the urban’ in Yangon or Mandalay or Taungyi, we will work with a variety of different spatial designs from the pagoda festival bazaar to an open-air museum of new media art. We invite artists and support them to create artworks for these spaces. These spaces can turn into studios, workshops and private classrooms. Through conversation with the artists, new works may be imagined and developed.
We propose these four artists May Phue Thet (b. 1992), Min Thein Sung (b. 1978), Phyoe Kyi (b.1977) and Zar Min Htike (b. 1975) for collaboration with us.”
Tun Win Aung & Wah Nu