Artist Sawangwongse Yawngwhe in discussion with curator Kerstin Winking

When 24 Sep 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM
58 White Street
New York, NY 10013
United States
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Join Jane Lombard Gallery on Thursday, 9/24 at 11 AM EST for a Zoom Q&A with Burmese artist Sawangwongse Yawngwhe in discussion with Amsterdam-based curator Kerstin Winking. The talk will investigate an in process body of work by Yawngwhe, centered around sociopolitical tensions in Myanmar. The series is set to debut at Jane Lombard Gallery in the spring of 2021.

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe was born in Shan State of Burma in 1971, a descendant of the Yawnghwe royal family of Shan. His grandfather, Sao Shwe Thaik, was the first president of the Union of Burma (1948–1962) after the country gained independence from Britain in 1948. Shwe Thaik died in prison following the 1962 military coup by General Ne Win. Following these events, Yawnghwe’s family was driven into exile, fleeing first to Thailand, then Canada, where he grew up and got his education. He now lives and works in the Netherlands.

Yawnghwe’s painting and installation practice weaves together socio-political tensions in his home country alongside his ancestral narrative. It both engages with and critiques the concept of the archive by employing the porous nature of pictorial language. In his recent work, he maps out the growing network of conflicts around the war on drugs, investigating its ties to government, revolution, racism and genocide, in an attempt to bring discernible order to a complex political situation.

Yawnghwe has exhibited internationally, including: the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Australia, 2018), the 12th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition (Korea, 2018), Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh, 2018), Qalandiya International—Jerusalem Show VIII (Jerusalem, 2016), Steirischer Herbst (Austria, 2016), and Dak’Art 2016/The 12th Biennale of Contemporary African Art (Senegal, 2016). He has also exhibited in numerous museums, including: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Poland, 2018), Van Abbemuseum (Netherlands, 2018), MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum (Thailand, 2018), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland, 2016), and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2015). His works is housed in the collections of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Thailand and Singapore Art Museum.

Kerstin Winking is an Amersterdam-based curator and scholar of cultural studies. She has curated and organized exhibitions and programs at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Nubuke Foundation in Accra, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Kunstfort in Vijfhuizen, and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. Kerstin has curated solo exhibitions with Ahmet Ogut, Tala Madani, Vincent Vulsma, Quinsy Gario and Tromarama, and group exhibitions with contemporary artists exploring theories of hybridity, strategies of ethnographic museuology, primitivism, and contemporary art’s relationship with colonial histories. In 2017, she curated The Djaya Brothers: Revolusi in the Stedelijk with archival material and works by the Indonesian modernists Agus Djaya and Otto Djaya for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She is a co-producer of the feature length film Stones Have Laws (2018) by Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan and Tolin Alexander. In 2019, she was the curator of ‘Mindful Circulations’ at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum and the Mondriaan Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York.

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