Performance art has been a crucial medium of social-political participation, protest and solidarity in the struggle for a democratic Myanmar. While paintings can be symbolic, performance art is a direct action of defiance, as the artists-in-residence Ma Ei and Zoncy continually prove. The London Performance Artist Programme runs from 14th November until the 23rd.
Performance Art Events
14th November, evening time - Oxford Tea Circle, St Antony's College, Oxford University
15th November, 6pm-9pm - Gallery Opening Reception, 46 Ashfield Street, E1 2AJ
17th-18th November, 10am-6pm - Gallery Performance Art Events
21st November, 6pm - Goldsmiths University
23rd November, 6:30pm - Artists and Curators Talk, The Sackler Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art
Zoncy was born in 1987 in the Tanintharyi Region, a region located in the most Southern part of Myanmar. Zoncy - who has a Karen Buddhist father and a Muslim mother - is acutely aware of the ethnic and religious problems that continue to plague her country. Gender issues and social bias, therefore, are two themes that have become central to her practice.
Zoncy studied painting between 2003-2007 under Daw Nwe Nwe Yi, one of Myanmar first generation women artists. She was trained in modern painting and postmodern practices at New Zero Art Space.
Ma Ei (b.1978) practices in painting, installations, photo art and performance art.Ma Ei has participated in several performance art events, including the Hong Kong & Myanmar Performance art exchange. 12th Asiatopia International performance art event, 2010 and 3rd PAN Asia 2016 performance art event. She is also has participated in an artist in residency program in Tokyo Wonder Site in 2010.
The interactive installation ‘Period’ by Ma Ei (1978) in 2017 spanned three days with the artist confined in a bright red room articulating her work through performance, writing and drawing. Ma Ei has long challenged male prejudices towards women and gender-related taboo subject matters.