Uncategorized October 29th, 2015

Yawnghwe Office in Exile: A conversation with Sawangwongse Yawnghwe

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe is one of the artists participating in Kamarado, the group exhibition that was on view between 12 September and 8 November 2015 at the SMBA. The exhibition is one of a series of collaborative projects in the framework of the three-year Global Collaborations program. Sawangwongse Yawnghe has a splintered background: born in a jungle camp in Myanmar’s Shan State, he fled to Thailand in 1972 and emmigrated to Canada in 1985. He is currently living and working in Berlin, Amsterdam and Chiang Mai.

As part of the Kamarado project, the Global Collaborations Online editorial team interviewed several of the exhibiting artists, aiming to unpack some of the historical complexities that run through their works and the exhibition. Joram Kraaijeveld spoke with the artist about his installation, Yawnghwe Office in Exile, and how his turbulent family history influences his work as an artist.

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Office in Exile, Installation view at SMBA, 2015 (photo by Gert Jan van Rooij)

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Global Positions Global Positions October 20th, 2015

Comrades of Time

On 13 September, in collaboration with the SMBA, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam held a public programme in the framework of Kamarado, the exhibition that opened the previous day at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.The programme investigated the meaning and significance of the word ‘comrade’ in today’s contemporary, globalized context. The Kamarado exhibition is part of the Stedelijk Museum’s three-year Global Collaborations research programme, and has been organized by the curators of the exhibition: Zasha Colah, Sumesh Sharma, Jelle Bouwhuis and Kerstin Winking.

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