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.