Nge Lay


One of only a handful of female artists working from Myanmar, Nge Lay is part of the younger generation working alongside Moe Satt and others. She expresses herself mainly through performance, installation art and photography. Her work shows concern for gender issues and their relation to a wider, societal lack of freedom and their wider ramifications.

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Nge Lay has been exhibited extensively in Myanmar, Singapore and Australia. She works mostly with photography, although her most ambitious work ‘The Sick Classroom’ was a life size installation of a typical classroom in rural Myanmar. It was developed from years of research and regular visits to Thuye'dan village and emphasises the poor state of education in Myanmar and is a call for more equal schooling. Nge Lay has significantly recorded and documented the changes and transformations that are taking place not only in more urbanized areas of the country, but also in rural locations.


Nge Lay’s work is in the collections of major public institutions, such as the Singapore Art Museum and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Some recent notable solo and group exhibitions include: Art Stage Singapore (2015), Southeast Asia Platform, Intersections, Singapore, (2014) ‘Through Women’s Eyes…’, Intersections, One East Asia, Singapore, (2014) ‘The First China’ - Asian Biennale, China, (2014) ‘Tradition or Change. Myanmar Contemporary Art’, Thavibu Gallery, Thailand (2013) Singapore Biennale 2013 “If the World Changed”, Singapore Art Museum (2013),  SIPF NOMAD, 20th Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Old Sugar Factory Netherlands (2013), "RE-CONNECT: Contemporary Photography From Myanmar, Visual Arts Space, Singapore (2013).