Moe Satt “Hands Around Yangon”at Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flora Street Windows
More than five million inhabitants live, work, and survive in Yangon, the artist’s native city. Satt’s Hands Around Yangon (2012) is a collection of video footage that focuses on hands in motion.
From the artist: “In the video, I recorded the hand movements of people around me: from laborers working on the streets and in the markets to friends and local artists. Do you think hand gestures can tell a story…about sadness, success, and so on? There are moving hands, working hands, eating hands, communicating hands. I collect many stories about the hands of others.”
View Moe Satt’s Hands Around Yangon (2012) which will be playing continuously in our Flora Street windows. Installed next to the video work is part of Satt’s photographic series, Bicycle Tyre Rolling Event from Yangon (2013). It documents the artist playing a favorite game among Myanmar children. Under military regime for the past 50 years, the country’s citizens experienced extreme impoverishment and isolation. As a result, many children in Myanmar did not have access to foreign-made toys and would often creatively fashion toys and games from locally found and recycled materials. Children would compete to see who could best control the tire, rolling it quickly and steadily. In this performance, Satt rolled the bicycle tire in and around Yangon, and through its well-known historical sites.
About the Artist:
Moe Satt lives and works as an artist and curator in Yangon, Myanmar. He started creating art after graduating from East Yangon University in Myanmar with a degree in Zoology in 2005. Satt is part of a new generation of emerging Burmese artists. In 2008, he founded and organized Beyond Pressure, an international festival of performance art in Myanmar. He has participated in live arts festivals throughout Asia and Europe and has been invited to serve as the resident artist at several locations, including International Residence at Recollets (Paris, 2015) and IASPIA (Sweden, 2016).
Satt’s work has been included in several major exhibitions, including the Busan Biennale (2012), CAFA Biennale (Beijing, 2013), Concept Context Contestation: Collective-Driven Art In Southeast Asia (Bangkok, 2013), and The Journal of the Plague Year (South Korea, 2014). The artist has curated exhibitions such as On/Off: Myanmar Contemporary Art Event, The Almaz Collective (Vietnam, 2010); Forward/Backward: 8 Myanmar Second-Wave Contemporary Artists, H Gallery (Thailand, 2011); The Mirror_ reflecting society, TS1 Gallery (Myanmar, 2014); and Silent for a While: Contemporary Art from Myanmar, 10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong, 2016).
The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Contemporary, and the Moving Image Archive for Contemporary Art: MIACA (Hong Kong), are pleased to announce to co-organize Invisible Cities, an exhibition and screening series that showcases more than twenty contemporary video works by renowned and emerging artists from China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Seen together as a series of video installations and screenings at Dallas Contemporary and at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, these pivotal artistic works outline recent developments in the moving image art in Asia.
Invisible Cities will be accompanied by an illustrated exhibition guide featuring participating artist bios, statements, and curatorial conversations. The guide will be available at the Crow Collection of Asian Art and at Dallas Contemporary.
MIACA, the Moving Image Archive of Contemporary Art, is an organization dedicated to the conservation and promotion of moving image works by Asian artists. Directed by Hitomi Hasegawa, MIACA started its activity in 2006 in Yokohama, Japan and is currently based in Hong Kong. The institution organizes exhibitions, temporary video libraries, talk events, and lectures by artists and art professionals. Invisible Cities will be MIACA’s first collaboration with U.S.-based museums.
Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum presenting new and fresh ideas from regional, national, and international artists. Modeled after European art centers and located in an industrial building in the Design District, Dallas Contemporary is one of the few institutions of its kind in the United States, offering temporary exhibitions, important lectures, and seminal learning programs.
This project is organized by Hitomi Hasegawa, Director, Moving Image Archive for Contemporary Art: MIACA (Hong Kong); Lilia Kudelia, Assistant Curator, Dallas Contemporary; and Jacqueline Chao, Curator of Asian Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art.