Art Radar Asia interviews FCP artist couple, Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu – find out more in the Impact of FCP 2013!
Nge Lay was born in 1979 in Pyin Oo Lwin and graduated with Bachelor degrees in economics (Yangon East University) as well as in fine art (National University of Art and Culture). Her recent series of photographs, “Futuristic Women in Those Days” draws attention to the boundaries, limits and hopes of the world Nge Lay moves through. “At a glance, in today’s Myanmar society, sexual discrimination in our everyday life and work environment is not as strong as before. However, due to deep-rooted conventions, as well as economic and political imbalances, the role of women has as not yet been recognised despite the fact that an icon such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is more powerful than any male”. Drawing inspiration from the articulations of the broad spectrum of women who work and patronise her neighbourhood market, Nge Lay has juxtaposed images of robotic toys with market produce and the images of these very women, whose common voice is “I feel as if I am a robot, working from dawn to dusk”. Nge Lay has wittily deployed the illusionary deceptiveness of photography to encumber femininity with an object such as a robot. Though at first glance the images seem simply quirky, it is precisely this quality that draws the viewer in, noting her concern at the space between the physical body and material world. Nge Lay has been an active participant in many exhibitions in Myanmar since 2002, and since 2009 her photographic works have been included in several notable art projects in Singapore, Korea and Vietnam. In 2011, she had her first solo show in Tokyo, Japan, and in January 2012 she was a finalist in the Sovereign Art Asia Prize in Singapore.