Performance Artist – Phyu Mon

Phyu Mon

Myanmar Artist- Performance Art, Photographer, Painter

Phyu Mon is a multi-media artist born in 1960 in Mandalay, Myanmar. She graduated from Mandalay University with a Bachelor of Arts and studied painting under the master artist U Ba Thaw between 1978 and 1979. Phyu Mon was introduced to video and film production through a programme from the University of Finland. She is one of the very few women artists in Burma who currently works with digital photography, a medium that has propelled her to address the angst that many Burmese women experience.

Her hybrid of conceptual art, identified through a surreal edge, is a result of her feminism and social activism that have influenced her much sought-after works about the relationship between Myanmar’s cultural environment and its economically conflicted and contested identity that have resulted in most of the population living in poverty.

She has been a regular participant in exhibitions since 1985 and as an emerging artist, she represents a new breed of Burmese artists who openly express their restrictive state with broad meanings. Phyu Mon is also a performance artist and is a renowned poet in her native Burmese language.

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