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Chaw Ei Thien
(Born in 1969, Myanmar. Lives and works in New York, USA)
Chaw Ei Thein

Chaw Ei graduated with LL.B (Law) in 1994. Her artistic recognition started at an early age through the numerous international art awards that she has received. With her father, Artist Maung Maung Thein (Pathein), as her art teacher and a mentor, Chaw Ei's artistic practice has developed diversely and highly regarded as a painter and a performance artist. Her international career is highly profiled as she candidly portrays the contradictions and conflicts of her socio-political environment. Her artworks are primarily the interpretation of her personal experiences over how she has struggled with lack of freedom of speech and the impact of social transformation.

Over the years she has lectured and exhibited extensively, participating in numerous international performance art festivals. She exhibited "September Sweetness" , in collaboration with Richard Streitmatter-Tran, at Singapore Biennale 2008 and gave talk "The Burmese Performance Art Scene: Faced by Burmese Artists" at the Asia House Gallery, London, in 2007. She has been selected for several awards and residencies in the United States, including Asian Cultural Council fellowship in New York from 2009 to 2010 and Art Omi, the Gardarev Center Fellow, and the Sea Change Residency, GAEA Foundation. Her work has been widely covered in the international arts press including Sculpture Now (2013), Asia Art Now (2012), Artforum, Art Asia Pacific, Yishu, C-Arts, and The New York Times, Washington Post and The Straits Times.

Stay: May 9, 2016 - Jul 28, 2016
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Upcoming Exhibition:The BAR vol.9 (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme) New works by Thermakrishnar Krishnapriya and Chaw Ei Thein (Saturday, July 9 - Saturday, July 23, 2016 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
Opening reception: 18:00 - 20:00, Saturday, July 9, 2016 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI

Chaw Ei Thein
We are in Burma, Performance by Chaw Ei Thein, 2004, Kyoto, Japan

Chaw Ei Thein
What a wonderful world #4, Paint on camouflage fabric, 2015

Chaw Ei Thein
September Sweetness, Installation by Chaw Ei Thein & Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Sugar 5.5 tons, 12x7x7 feet, 2008, Singapore