International artists mix poetry and visuals in new Yangon exhibition

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One of Nicola Anthony's visual arts. (Supplied)

Intersection, an exhibition mixing poetry and visual art, will be held at Myanm/art on Bogalay Zay Street on March 23-April 8 from 2-5pm.

Featuring the works of poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony, Intersection will represent the architecture of memory at the junction of Yangon, London, and Singapore.

Consisting of installation works and drawings, the exhibition has been five years in the making—partly because both artists journeyed to each city in order to conduct field research. An artist book has been published based on the exhibition for everyone to purchase.

The artists aim to convey the secret links which bind personal and national stories by comparing cross-sections of neighborhoods in their home cities, London and Singapore. As Myanm/art stated, “[The exhibition] ultimately [shows] how a universal dimension exists in any personal experience, transcending time, and space.”

A British artist living in Southeast Asia and born in London, Nicola Anthony has recently been shortlisted for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2018. Intersection received National Art Council Singapore funding to exhibit in Singapore 2017 and Myanmar 2018. Nicola has held exhibitions from Asia to Europe, and has received sponsorship from a variety of places including Tate Britain. She focuses her research on untold stories, social memory, oral histories, and the process of capturing fleeting moments.

Marc Nair​ is a poet and photographer from Singapore, and is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award. He has published seven volumes of poetry, been featured in numerous anthologies—both in print and online—and has performed spoken word for over 10 years in more than 10 countries. Marc is also a musician who sets his poems to music. To date, he has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians. He is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, a culture magazine.

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