Aung Myat Htay

Souls, 2023, Multimedia Installation
Souls #01-10, 2023, Digital Prints on Acrylic glass, 29x42 cm (each)
All images courtesy of the artist

He uses folktales and myths, a notion of locomotion in archive pictures to multiply like a patchwork. He has always been interested in the intersection of art and anthropology by means of art and observations of socio-cultural phenomena. In this work he expresses the shadows of Zomi people who fled from their home mountain land across the sea. They have lived in nature with its blessings and calamities. Wisdom that avoids elimination and purification and does not form a single center that creates a mixed relationship between animals, plants, inorganic matter, and spirits, and controls movement/dispersion, escaping from slavery, military service, taxation, etc. by the state. Smart travelers, their community (kuni) exists in the depths of the hearts of people living today, and it makes us feel nostalgia and admiration.

About the Artist

Aung Myat Htay is an artist and independent curator. He was born in Upper Myanmar and graduated in 1998 with a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Art & Culture in Yangon. He expresses social messages with work that combines a contemporary sense. He is also known as a writer/curator in Myanmar’s art community since 2005. His works include photography, moving image, installation, and even participatory public art. His works have been shown at various locations in Asia, Europe and the US including Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, SYLT Foundation in Germany, and Osaka Kansai International Art Festival 2023. He was an ACC Grantee Artist for New York Residency in 2014. Besides artistic creations, he is the art writer and founder of SOCA alternative art learning program in Myanmar.

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation