Collage Collective Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma)

Aung Aung Taik with collage students

Aung Aung Taik with collage students

The first time the art of collage entered my awareness was when I attended a poetry event by the late James Broughton on the Sausalito houseboat where the renowned collage artist Jean Varda had lived. Mr.Varda passed away in 1971, a year before I came to San Francisco. Years and years later, perhaps around 2010, I started making collages with my two artist friends, the maestro Gustavo Rivera and the irrefutable czar of collage himself…Matt Gonzalez.

I am a member of the San Francisco Collage Collective and have been making collages with the two of them and other artists at Gustavo’s studio. I must say that during those sessions, we are like dedicated Benedictine brothers, silent in focusing on our work while gingerly enjoying the wine and tequila beverages.

In 2012, I told Matt that I was visiting Burma and would like to conduct a class on collage making with emergent young Burmese students.

My friend Ko Aye Ko, the founder of New Zero Art Space was quite thrilled with my proposal. I am an advisor at New Zero Art Space and had supported it tremendously through my non-profit organization called FOMA (Friends of Myanmar Arts).

It was indubitably a premier class for collage making in Myanmar; a five days workshop with each session lasting about three hours.

The first day was an introduction to collage and a slide show comprised of the work of my fellow collagians of SFCC.   I also included the work of my wife Roberta to assure the young green attendees that a first timer can accomplish magic if done with much aplomb. Three days were spent on the actual making and the last day was for critique, followed by questions and answers about everyone’s work. The average age was mostly under sixteen although it was open to all ages.

That year was particularly captivating because it was a nascent time of democracy in our land, which had been oppressed by military rule for half a century. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, after fifteen years of house arrest had not only gained freedom, but had also been elected to a seat in the lower house of the Burmese parliament.

You can see for yourself in their work, the light of hope that had begun to glimmer at the prospects of their good future, the yearning for security, health and happiness, the curiosity for the 21st century evolution in technology, the praise of the woman paragon, but above all, they were happy to be doing something completely different and cheery, under the tutelage of an avuncular teacher.

Aung Aung Taik

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Collage Workshop

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Collage Workshop

Collage Class

Collage Workshop

Ko Ye

Ko Ye

Nyan Zay Htet

Nyan Zay Htet

Ma Su Kyi

Ma Su Kyi

Ye Min Oo

Ye Min Oo

Paing Soe

Paing Soe

¥e Thu Moe

Ye Thu Moe

Myat Kyaw Thu

Myat Kyaw Thu

Naing Win Aung

Naing Win Aung

May Thuzar Kyaw

May Thuzar Kyaw

Kyi Phyu Hnin Sett

Kyi Phyu Hnin Sett

Kyaw Zeya

Kyaw Zeya

Amon

Amon

Zin Mar Phyo

Zin Mar Phyo

Su Su Linn

Su Su Linn

Thidar Thwin

Thidar Thwin

Yan Paing Htet Kyaw

Yan Paing Htet Kyaw

Myo Thizar Win

Myo Thizar Win

Moe Lay

Moe Lay

Ei Thandar

Ei Thandar

Aye Chan Ko Ko

Aye Chan Ko Ko

Kristine Bonnie

Kristine Bonnie

Bianca

Bianca

San San Win

San San Win

Myat Kyaw Thu-2

Myat Kyaw Thu-2

Ko Soe Gyi

Ko Soe Gyi

Khaing Moe Thu

Khaing Moe Thu

Khin Swe Yee

Khin Swe Yee

Kay Khaing Win

Kay Khaing Win

Nelly Linn

Nelly Linn

Htet Myat Aung

Htet Myat Aung

Han Thi Aye Maung

Han Thi Aye Maung

Swe Zin Aung

Swe Zin Aung

Nu Nu Phyo Aung

Nu Nu Phyo Aung

Min Khant Zaw

Min Khant Zaw

Aye Nyein Khine

Aye Nyein Khine

Tun Tun Win

Tun Tun Win

One Response to Collage Collective Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma)

  1. lisahaddad says:

    the variety of these pieces is incredible! it says a lot about the way the workshop was led and the willingness of the artists to experiment freely

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