Nge Lay

Myanmar 1979

Installation, Sculpture, Performance Art, Photography

Nge Lay
Nge Lay
January 5, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Nge Lay, born in 1979, in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar, is a multi-media artist with a particular interest in performance and photography. She graduated with Bachelor degrees in fine art from the National University of Art and Culture in 2003, as well as in economics from the Yangon East University in 2004.

Using everyday imagery and settings to translate her ideas about life, her country and her own identity, she creates photographs that hover between the descriptive, the spiritual, and the melo-dramatic. When photographing her subjects, Nge Lay plays with light and shadow in new ways to create the quiet but expectant tension that characterizes her colour prints.

“At a glance, in today’s Myanmar society, sexual discrimination in our everyday life and work environment is not as strong as before. However, due to deep-rooted conventions, as well as economic and political imbalances, the role of women has not yet been recognised despite the fact that an icon such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is more powerful than any male”.

One of her recent works, Endless Story, consists of photocollaged portraits dating between the 1930s and 1970s and photographed in Thuyeddan, Panduan Township in Bago Division. These portraits are based on her research of the unresolved relationship between traditional lifestyles and modernity articulated through original photographic shots, and juxtaposed with the freedom of form that also suggests how life in rural Myanmar is changing. Nge Lay’s photographs emphasize the intensity of her subjects in a precise fragment of time and space.

Nge Lay has been an active participant in many exhibitions in Myanmar since 2002, and since 2009 her photographic works have been included in several notable art projects in Singapore, Korea and Vietnam. In 2011, she had her first solo show in Tokyo, Japan, and in January 2012 she was a finalist in the Sovereign Art Asia Prize in Singapore. She took part in the Singapore Biennale 2013.

The artist is a co-organiser of the Thuye’dan Village Art Project, a project that brings art experiences, classes and exhibitions to a community in rural Myanmar.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013Concept Context Contestation: art and the collective in Southeast AsiaBangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), BangkokGroup
2013Tradition or Change - Myanmar Contemporary ArtThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2013Singapore Biennale 2013 - If The World ChangedSingapore Biennale, SingaporeGroup
2013Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art MuseumContemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto - CAMK, KumamotoGroup
2013Welcome to the JungleYokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, YokohamaGroup
2013Women In-BetweenMie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu CityGroup
2013Women In between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts,TochigiGroup
2012Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012FAAM - Fukuoka Asian Art Museum,FukuokaGroup
2012Myths - Five Female ArtistsThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2012Cut 2012 - New Photography From Southeast Asia: PoliticsVWFA Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2012New Photography from Southeast Asia: PoliticsValentine Willie Fine Art - VWFA Singapore,SingaporeGroup
2011F.I.V.E Myanmar contemporary ArtistDagaung Art Gallery, Yangon, MyanmarGroup
2011IDOLS AND ICONS – New Photograpny from South-east Asia and the Middle-eastYavuz Fine Art Gallery, Waterloo Street, SingaporeGroup
20114th THUYE`DAN VILLAGE ART PROJECT Thuye`dan Village, Pyay, MyanmarGroup
2011Angasana: Contemporary Southeast Asian Photography Takes Flight2902 Gallery, SinpaporeGroup
2010International ORANGE Photo FestivalChangsha, ChinaGroup
2010On Off Myanmar Contemporary Art EventThe Almaz Collective Art Studio, Hanoi, VietnamGroup
2010Making History, South-East Asian Art, Convers Asians Art Festival SingaporeEsplanade Jendela (Visual Art Space), SingaporeGroup
20103rd THUYE`DAN VILLAGE ART PROJECTThuye`dan village, Pyay, MyanmarGroup
2010Blue Wind – Women’s Contemporary Art ExhibitionNational Museum, Yangon, MyanmarGroup
2009HISTORYAlliance Francaise, Yangon, MyanmarGroup
2009Magnetic Power: ASEAN-Korea Contemporary Photography & Media Art ExhibitionSeoul, KoreaGroup
2009TRANSPORTASIAN Contemporary Photography and Media Art ExhibitionSingapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
20092nd THUYE`DA VILLAGE ART PROJECTThuye`dan Village,Pyay, MyanmarGroup
2008Beyond Pressure International Performance Art FestivalYangon, MyanmarGroup
2008Collective Art ExpositionAlliance Francaise, Yangon, MyanmarGroup
20071st THUYE`DAN VILLAGE ART PROJECTThuye`dan Village, Pyay, MyanmarGroup
2003Seventh Badge Art ExhibitionNational Theatre, Yangon, MyanmarGroup
2002Junior Art ExhibitionLorkanat Galleries, Yangon, MyanmarGroup