The artist’s wife, former British ambassador Vicky Bowman, was also detained amid a crackdown on pro-democracy activists.
As protestors use every possible tool to reject the coup peacefully, the use of art and humor has generated a collective identity in a country marked by social disparity.
New Zero Art Space, led by the artist Aye Ko, emblematizes the country’s emergence into the international contemporary art world.
Burmese artists have weathered the changes from British colony to free country to military state, building a small but vital creative community along the way.
HONG KONG — Optimism is the new normal among artists from Myanmar, and with good reason.