Saturday, March 20, 2010

Human Rights Arts Festival

April 6 through April 30, 2010
Jeremy Austin, Kyi May Kaung, Anne Marchand
Amnesty International USA/The Human Rights Arts Festival
Tom Block, guest curator

Reception: Saturday, April 24, 6pm to 8pm

Jeremy Austin (Kefa Café)

A mixed media collage work with seven strips that represent the seven Baha'is who are currently imprisoned in Iran, due to their faith. A Baha'i prayer for aid and assistance overlays and unites the collage. From a distance it appears as a solid white painting, but as you get closer the details emerge.

Kyi May Kaung (Kefa Café)

Dr. Kaung, a graduate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, is currently a member of the TAN or Technical Advisory Network of the Exile Government of Burma. She is also a well-known poet and painter. She is sharing a portrait of the Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Anne Marchand (Kefa Café)

The paintings refer to the energy of the cosmos to create and to destroy. We as human beings have a reflective ability to direct our energies, the Microcosm reflects the Macrocosm and vice versa. In our ability to discern we will make the right choices. The work is created in conjunction with Project RENEW, the first comprehensive management approach undertaken in Vietnam to restore the environment and neutralizethe effects of war.

Dr. Kaung's Salon: Haiti and Burma: Dictators, Disasters, and International Aid. An open community discussion facilitated by political economist and writer Dr. Kyi May Kaung: Friday, April 9, 7:10 to 8:30pm


Kusum said...

Inspired by the artists work...I am interested in knowing more about it. My friend Deepali Moondra of Design Punditz is also participating in the Festival sharing her Miniature Artistry and her passion to talk about artists who never got credit for their work. I am helping her with the workshop. IMPACT is also participating in patnership with Dance Exchange.

Kyi May kaung said...

Do come over, Kusum.

In general, people may not wish to see or buy "human rights paintings" which may be graphic, but I feel that the courage of those who stand up should be honored.

It takes time to see, as Georgia O'Keefe said.

Thanks to A I Festival and Kefa for hosting this show.

There are places which are so "Myanmarized" i.e. in favor of engaging with the junta that they make people like me unwelcome.

The answer is to keep looking, painting and writing and hosting shows like this.

Kyi May Kaung