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Aung San and U Raschid

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe

Medium: Oil on linen
Size of work: 207 x 165 cm

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Sawangwongse painted Aung san and U Raschid, 2017 after the Rohingya massacre in 2017. It was because he wanted to show that Aung San (father of Aung San Suu Kyi) was working with a Muslim, which showed Burma had always been a melting pot of mixed people and cultures, not one pure race like now.

About the Artist

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe's (b. 1971) works repeatedly evoke historical figures and/or past events. His paintings seem to freeze a moment in time and appear blurred, reduced or camouflaged in some way. They are often based on family photographs, reports or film stills, which the artist non-psychical appropriates from his family archive and memory or finds in his research process. Like a form of political currency, they critique the existing power structures rather than simply representing or describing them.