Hometown: Legaing village, Magway
Born in Legaing village in Magway, Aung Kyi Soe moved to Yangon in 2003, at the age of 24. He has a love-hate relationship with Yangon where rapid urbanisation has impacted a wide spectrum of society. His work often explores captures the friction in Yangon – heritage buildings in disrepair as the cityscape rapidly evolved; degrading values as people blindly embraced technology; conflicts in gender, religion, and class.
Aung Kyi Soe’s “Unclear City” series was exhibited at “My Yangon My Home” in 2015, Yangon’s first contemporary art and heritage festival. He participated in two exhibitions in Hong Kong: “Banned in Burma: Painting Under Censorship” in 2014, and “Burma By Proxy: Art at the Dawn of Democracy” in 2015. He is also a professional photographer.
The Crows Series
Aung Kyi Soe used to live in a monastery when he was young. He began to take an interest in the behaviour of crows when he was given the daily task of feeding large flocks of birds. He observed that while crows have admirable qualities such as determination, adaptability to the environment, and alertness, they are thieves and sneaky and selfish bullies who rejoice at others’ demise.
The Crows Series examine how mankind, in his strive for survival, sometimes live and behave like crows. It is a constant struggle to balance good and evil, light and darkness, merit and sin. Aung Kyi Soe says about his Crows Series, “Living in today’s society makes me feel as if I’m living in a murder of crows. It’s scary and threatening. Few people realise that we are behaving like bloodthirsty crows in our daily lives. How long can we survive? ”.
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