Contemporary Art Roars at Myanm/art
“ROAR: Unleashed” is one group of Myanmar street artists’ take on change and turmoil within the country. The exhibition, which transforms the inside of Myanm/art gallery into artwork itself, opens doors at 11am on Friday, July 8th.
Spray paint cans in hand, the members of ROAR find their voice by taking to the walls of Yangon’s streets. Wunna Aung, Chit Htut, Bart and Micro form Release of Artistic Rage, a crew of prominent young artists with a political appetite, not uncommon to the growing youth presence in Myanmar contemporary art. Over the years, ROAR has drawn influence from social critic George Carlin and the Yangon punk scene, and through their art they have dealt with subjects ranging from censorship to power cuts. Chances are, you have encountered some of their larger murals around town, or at least some of the smaller food-for-thought throwups like winged televisions.
But next Friday, ROAR is having their first ever solo exhibition, ‘Unleashed’ at Myanm/art on Bogalay Zay Street. Unleashed is the crew’s answer to the call of the wild. They explore the most visceral elements of human nature, and highlight the animal instinct to disentangle from the constraint of society, and the burden of city life. Staying true to this theme, everything is worked directly onto the walls of Myanm/art, converting the space into a concrete canvas.
The exhibition is open to visitors everyday 11am – 7pm from July 8 to July 18.