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.
|2013||Concept Context Contestation: art and the collective in Southeast Asia||Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Bangkok||Group|
|2013||Tradition or Change - Myanmar Contemporary Art||Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok||Group|
|2013||Singapore Biennale 2013 - If The World Changed||Singapore Biennale, Singapore||Group|
|2013||Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art Museum||Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto - CAMK, Kumamoto||Group|
|2013||Welcome to the Jungle||Yokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, Yokohama||Group|
|2013||Women In-Between||Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu City||Group|
|2013||Women In between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012||Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts,Tochigi||Group|
|2012||Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012||FAAM - Fukuoka Asian Art Museum,Fukuoka||Group|
|2012||Myths - Five Female Artists||Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok||Group|
|2012||Cut 2012 - New Photography From Southeast Asia: Politics||VWFA Singapore, Singapore||Group|
|2012||New Photography from Southeast Asia: Politics||Valentine Willie Fine Art - VWFA Singapore,Singapore||Group|
|2011||THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GREAT NOTHING||Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan||Solo|
|2011||F.I.V.E Myanmar contemporary Artist||Dagaung Art Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar||Group|
|2011||IDOLS AND ICONS – New Photograpny from South-east Asia and the Middle-east||Yavuz Fine Art Gallery, Waterloo Street, Singapore||Group|
|2011||4th THUYE`DAN VILLAGE ART PROJECT||Thuye`dan Village, Pyay, Myanmar||Group|
|2011||Angasana: Contemporary Southeast Asian Photography Takes Flight||2902 Gallery, Sinpapore||Group|
|2010||International ORANGE Photo Festival||Changsha, China||Group|
|2010||On Off Myanmar Contemporary Art Event||The Almaz Collective Art Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam||Group|
|2010||Making History, South-East Asian Art, Convers Asians Art Festival Singapore||Esplanade Jendela (Visual Art Space), Singapore||Group|
|2010||3rd THUYE`DAN VILLAGE ART PROJECT||Thuye`dan village, Pyay, Myanmar||Group|
|2010||Blue Wind – Women’s Contemporary Art Exhibition||National Museum, Yangon, Myanmar||Group|
|2009||HISTORY||Alliance Francaise, Yangon, Myanmar||Group|
|2009||Magnetic Power: ASEAN-Korea Contemporary Photography & Media Art Exhibition||Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2009||TRANSPORTASIAN Contemporary Photography and Media Art Exhibition||Singapore Art Museum, Singapore||Group|
|2009||2nd THUYE`DA VILLAGE ART PROJECT||Thuye`dan Village,Pyay, Myanmar||Group|
|2008||Beyond Pressure International Performance Art Festival||Yangon, Myanmar||Group|
|2008||Collective Art Exposition||Alliance Francaise, Yangon, Myanmar||Group|
|2007||1st THUYE`DAN VILLAGE ART PROJECT||Thuye`dan Village, Pyay, Myanmar||Group|
|2003||Seventh Badge Art Exhibition||National Theatre, Yangon, Myanmar||Group|
|2002||Junior Art Exhibition||Lorkanat Galleries, Yangon, Myanmar||Group|