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Wah Nu: The Rising Sun

Oct.18 - Nov9, 2008

  Wah Nu has been creating pop-style paintings through which she expresses her personal emotions, employing clouds and foliage as motifs. The artist’s second solo show at Art-U room, the first since her “Self-Identity” of 2005, presents a series of paintings depicting stylized views of the rising sun in various colors. This series was inspired by a dawn in a countryside the artist saw from a train as she traveled. The beauty of the scene never faded from her mind. This memory has been supporting the artist as an encouragement to discover hope in the face of life's everyday difficulties and tragedies, just as the sunlight of day follows the darkness of night.


  In tandem with painting, Wah Nu also creates films with a distinctive floating sense that evokes daydreaming, “Tea Time in Spring” screened at the last Fukuoka Asia Triennale being an example. Recently, she has been exploring a multi-layered presentation method by juxtaposing paintings and film. For this exhibition, an animation featuring the same rising sun motif will be shown with the series of paintings, adding a depth to the exhibition.


  Born in 1977 in Yangon (Rangoon), Wah Nu began her artistic activities after studying music at the University of Culture, Yangon. She currently works in various media, primarily painting and film. In 2004, she held her first solo show in Yangon, and also participated in the 11th Asian Biennale Bangladesh. In 2005, she took part in the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, and also held a solo show at Art-U room. She showed in group exhibitions in Yangon, in 2006 and 2007. Together with her artist husband, Tun Win Aung, who works in installation and performing arts, Wah Nu is a promising artist who will shape the future of contemporary art in Burma.


●  Opening hours: Tue.-Sat. 12:00-19:00. Sun.12:00-17:00. / closed Mon. and National holidays

●  Reception with the artist :  Oct.18, 17:00 - 20:00


[Press Release (PDF)]



Tet Nay (the Rising Sun) represents – rebirth; going forward and striking against; being fresh and youthful; warmth and safeness; and force of life.


Once I had a chance to see the dawn of a country as I traveled by train. I could not help remembering the beauty of the sun which was rising gently up the fields. Since then, I want my mind to be filled with strength and hope to face the future by thinking about it whenever I have a difficult time with hard problems in my life.


In fact, the symbol had its own meaning, “auspicious”, through our past generations. I feel that it tells “the reasoning” for life. 


The gentle beginning of a new day, the dawn, after the dark night presents me many things to learn. In my whole life, various kinds of challenges and unwilling situations mean the deep dark nights to me. I must have strength, belief, hope and determination to overcome all of those severe nights. If not, we would lost out there and lose our way. But if we could repel the bad, the soft and beautiful dawn will be for us.


Who were lost in the dark of last night? Who will survive to see the dawn?


Then, I did “the Rising Sun”, series of paintings and animation with a lullaby as the background track. Wish the children have the sound future. And for myself too.


Wah Nu (translated by Pann Hmone Wai)

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