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/ SAN ZAW HTWAY, MYANMAR

San Zaw Htway

Winner of the Artraker Award, 2014

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: MYANMAR

San Zaw Htway, 

 

Blue Moon on the Highway

- Recycling Myanmar's Dignity

 

Coffee-Mix Bags, Shopping Bags.

 

 

© Artraker CIC 2014

/ ARTRAKER, 2014

/ WINNER OF THE ARTRAKER AWARD

/ VIDEO PORTRAIT

/ GALLERY / 2014 - ARTRAKERS /  SAN ZAW HTWAY

I began creating artwork while being held as a political prisoner in Burma from September 1999 to January 2012. I created collages using materials from the prison's garbage, and exchanged food rations with guards to obtain prohibited items like scissors and glue.

 

My work is a reflection of my experiences in prison and my desire for self-expression in the face of extreme deprivation. I want to raise awareness about the lives of political prisoners in Burma, and to prove that torture, violence and oppression can break a person's body but cannot take away the spirit within.

 

Standing up to political oppression has played a pivotal role in the evolution of my creativity, and is a central theme in my work. People in Burma still struggle to attain the most basic freedoms. I have travelled around the country to teach children and other people affected by poverty, war and ethnic discrimination how to create art as a means of reclaiming their right to express themselves.

 

As a trained counsellor, I help people to use art to release hardships, open up to dreams, and visualise peace. By using recycled products, I promote environmental sustainability and access to art for all.

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