Bicycle Tyre Rolling Event from Yangon series Bicycle Tyre Rolling Event from Yangon series

Bicycle Tyre Rolling Event from Yangon series

  • 2013

  • Moe Satt

  • Myanmar

  • 4 photographic prints on dibond

  • 60 x 91 cm (each)

Bicycle Tyre Rolling Event from Yangon is a series of four photographic prints of documentation-specific performances at various sites around the artist’s home city. The tyre rolling game – gwye hlain in Burmese – was popular among Burmese children 30 years ago while the country was under Ne Win’s regime. Dressed in a traditional costume frequently worn by politicians and members of parliament, Moe Satt poses for pictures of himself playing gwye hlain at various sites around Yangon, chosen for both historical context and personal significance. According to him, his sartorial choice is ironic insofar as ordinary citizens like himself are largely denied political agency in the Burmese system, while his donning of the costume also calls into question the idea of tradition itself.

Moe Satt (b. 1983, Yangon, Myanmar) is a visual and performance artist whose practice explores 20th century history in Myanmar. He is the founder of ‘Beyond Pressure,’ an international festival of performance art in Myanmar. As an artist, he has performed in galleries as well staged guerrilla performances on the streets of Yangon. He has actively participated in live arts festivals in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Satt lives and works in Yangon, Myanmar.

 

Images courtesy of the artist

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Bogyoke’s Bronze Statue

Moe Satt

year: 2013

photographic print on dibond

Independence Monument

Moe Satt

year: 2013

photographic prints on dibond

Kan Daw Gyi Park

Moe Satt

year: 2013

photographic prints on dibond