Art for Peace

By Yen Saning 11 September 2014

RANGOON — The works of more than 100 artists, including prominent 88 Generation activists Min Ko Naing and Pyone Cho, will be displayed and available for sale as part of a peace-themed exhibit that starts Saturday at a gallery in Rangoon.

The exhibit at River Ayeyarwaddy Gallery, called “For the Peace,” will run until Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace. Among artists featuring their works are Hsuu Thit Ni, Aung Naing Maung, Lynn Wunna, photographer Soe Win Nyein and cartoonist Walone.

One special acrylic painting, which blends the handprints of internally displaced people in Kachin and Shan States onto a canvas, will be auctioned at 5 pm on the final day of the show.

“It took about 15 days to make,” Phyu Ei Thein, who organized the exhibit, said of the painting, also titled “For the Peace,” which was created by the White Holding Hands Group, a Rangoon-based humanitarian group.

The proceeds from the auction will go toward IDP camps in Kachin and Shan states, she said. Woven bracelets made by ethnic Kachin IDPs will also be on sale at the exhibition.

In addition to paintings, the gallery will feature installation art, performance art, poetry readings and musical performances.