San Yamin Aung & Tin Htet Paing
RANGOON — A series of paintings reflecting the life of Rangoon residents in a time of political and social change are on display at the River Ayeyarwaddy Gallery in Rangoon until the end of March. “We Live In Yangon” showcases 34 works in watercolor and acrylic by eight Burmese artists: Aung Naing Soe, Min Thurein, Myo Swe Thein, Naw Naw, Sue Htet Aung, Yan Naing Tun, Yee Nan Thike and Zoncy. The works depict the everyday lives of local residents in a city that is often at the heart of political events. Subject matter includes the recent student protests for education reform, the daily commute and notions of materialism in contemporary Burma. “I am showing my four paintings of the distorted reflection of nearby buildings on the hood of a parked car,” said 25-year-old artist Myo Swe Thein. “My paintings represent the way society is undervalued by materialism.” [irrawaddy_gallery] Artist Yee Nan Thike said four of his works, painted in 2011-12 and collectively titled “Bus Ride in Yangon,” will be featured in the exhibition. The works depict commuters in vivid colors riding, and sometimes clinging, to vehicles on the move. Paintings are on sale at prices ranging from US$200 to $2,000. The exhibition is open daily from 9 am to 5pm at River Ayeyarwaddy Gallery, located at No. 134, 35th street, middle block, in Kyauktada Township.

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