BAR in collaboration with Tim Maitland
An exhibition of Burmese Art
Sunrise in Pagan Burma – Patrick Maung Yay
Is it the untouched waters of Inle? The cool refreshing spray from the falls of Anisakan? The hospitality from the humble minds of many without the pollution of luxury? What is the beauty of Myanmar behind the military control? ‘The Window to Burma’ displays the life, culture and political agenda of a nation restricted by its government but contains some of Nature’s most phenomenal work.
‘A window to Burma’ features modern Burmese artists based in the UK.
Maung Yays work is inspired by Buddhist philosophy and the tranquillity of nature. He calls his work ‘futuristic symbolism’. Khin Myints paintings explore the beauty of the natural world against the horrors of the political world. She was the first woman to have a nude painting hung in public inBurma. Tin Tin Sann is a pioneer of the avant-garde art movement in Burma and is one of the first Burmese Artists to create and exhibit batik painting in Burma.
Miläp: Contemporary Indian and British Artists
21 April – 14 May 2009
ARTISTS: Apurva Guptay Benjamin Nazareno Hemali Mandalia Liz Maxwell Pravin Waghmare Sachin Kondhalkar Sarah Pearl Kazi Sheila Fratini Somnath Mane Timothy Gatenby Curated by Sarah Pearl Kazi
Brent Artists Resource in collaboration with Sarah Pearl Kazi is pleased to present: ‘Miläp’ –an Anglo-Indian exhibition celebrating the embrace of commonalities and differences of artists from two countries with a shared past (miläp – from Sanskrit origins meaning ‘embracement’).
The styles and techniq ues may be common among some, but each artist, whether Indian or British, uses diverse expressions. Every artist gets influenced by things unknown to the other which is then communicated creatively and this exhibition showcases these inspirations… inspirations that lead you to question whether these differences ever converge to some universal expression?
Whether it’s Bombay photographer Apurva Guptay’s black and white photographs showing the rich and elite of Bombay at the annual Indian Derby or Pravin Waghmare’s drawings of ‘Ganesha’, the Hindu elephant god, showing the belief system of the ordinary ‘Bombayite’, regardless of class or status. Or closer home, one can see Sheila Fratini’s defiance in a painting portraying an armed naked lady, aptly titled ‘Well-behaved women seldom make history’ and contrastingly, Liz Maxwell’s perfect portrait of a woman in ‘Sophie’, sitting in her fine jewellery posing for the artist. Benjamin Nazareno’s perfect portraits of women posing for the artist.
Such are the interesting conversations one comes across when you look at these artists’ works. These interactions make you think and question about society, its rules and the pseudo rules we live in. There are no restrictions on size or medium as each artist expresses himself differently and hence should not be limited to a certain dimension.
On an artistic level, this exhibition aims to showcase works of artists from different art backgrounds, cultures and beliefs dissolving every man-made boundary. The participating artists have only used their art as an introduction to know each other, leading to a perfect ‘miläp’.