Yangon, Myanmar – My Yangon My Home, the first Yangon Art and Heritage festival, enlivened the city’s public and private spaces with art from March 1 to March 22, 2015. Curated by Jose Abad Lorente, Diana Valarezo, and Htein Lin, the festival was organized in collaboration with Ambassador Andrew Patrick, Tina May Thwin Oo, and Nwe Nwe Aye from the British Embassy; Billy Stewart from the Department for International Development; and volunteers from the Start Academy. The festival aimed to encourage the integration of public art into the city, dialogue about art and heritage, and the exploration of recent art trends, including social practice.
Artworks presented in the festival covered a wide range of media and shared a focus on community interaction and local heritage. Yangon Art Route guided visitors to 18 art galleries, while competitions brought cartoons, sculpture, poster designs, and photography into the public realm. Stories from the Circle Train, featured in the slideshow above, was a multi-site performance curated and directed by Liam Shea. This playful project brought actors onto the city’s circular line to enact stories based on the real life experiences of its commuters.
Other notable project blurred the lines between public and private spaces as well as traditional and unconventional art venues. La Casa: Contemporary Art in Domestic Spaces opened nine private houses as exhibition spaces that featured two-dimensional art as well as screenings and site-specific works. For Mohinga: Yangon Street Food Narratives and History, seven teahouses hosted audio and video art installations.
You can listen to artist Htein Lin, one of My Yangon My Home’s curators, comment on the groundbreaking public festival and how they presented the idea to city authorities here