[Interview 2/2] HTEIN LIN—Art and Art Practice that Deepen Our Maturity as Human Beings
On July 13, a week after the “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now” exhibition (July 5–October 23, 2017) had its illustrious opening, Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo passed away under state surveillance; his freedom having been robbed from him until his death. The next day, we interviewed Burmese artist Htein Lin, also an expressive person who, more than anything, had shared Liu Xiabo’s experience of being wrongly jailed as a political prisoner. Htein Lin had immediately expressed his condolences on social media.
Despite the inescapable sense of injustice, it was their defiance against such absurdities that generated unique artistic expressions and articulations. Just as the Nobel Prize acceptance speech that Liu gave at the end of his long imprisonment moved the world, the art and practice that Htein Lin began before his imprisonment is more significant through his experience of surviving injustice. Viewers who stand before his works are overwhelmed at their power and depth which embody his strength. Now, his homeland is beginning to head down the path toward democracy, a notion he once considered only attainable through armed struggle. As he bears keen witness to yet more socio-political change, Htein Lin steadily continues to work on his art.
Interview:Kida Sayuri (Associate Curator, The National Art Center, Tokyo)
[Interview 1/2] HTEIN LIN—Freedom Gained in a 9-square foot cell
The second section, “Passion and Revolution,” of the “SUNSHOWER” exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo, reminds us of the importance of national independence, democracy, and fundamental human rights; something that, for many Southeast Asians, was achieved in the not so distant past after World War II.
It was only about twenty years ago that Htein Lin, whose artworks are exhibited in the middle of the section, was arrested and imprisoned as a political prisoner. Despite being robbed of his freedom for seven years, the artist tells us how, ironically, he was “more free” inside the walls of prison and his 9 square feet cell.
Interview: Kida Sayuri (Associate Curator, The National Art Center, Tokyo)
[NEWS] “SUNSHOWER” artists to participate in “Roppongi Art Night 2017”
The planning for this year’s edition of the one-night-only artistic feast “Roppongi Art Night” is currently underway.
It will take place during the “SUNSHOWER” exhibition period, and works by “SUNSHOWER” artists – such as Navin Rawanchaikul (Thailand), Lim Sokchanlina (Cambodia), Felix Bacolor (The Philippines) and Fajar Abadi RDP (Indonesia) along with other Southeast Asian artists works will be on view all over the Roppongi area.
Date & Time: 10:00, Saturday, September 30 – 18:00, Sunday, October 1, 2017
Due to the “Roppongi Art Night 2017,” open hours of the “SUNSHOWER” exhibition will be extended as follows:
The National Art Center, Tokyo: On Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1 open until 22:00 (admission until 21:30)
Mori Art Museum: On Saturday, September 30 open until 6:00 the following morning (admission until 5:30)
Visit “Roppongi Art Night” official website for more information.