Love Burma Love Freedom was an exhibition I coordinated in 2009 that brought together three creatives working in different disciplines; Andrea Draper a digital artist with Burmese origins, Saw Chu Cil a refugee painter from the Thailand Burma border and Timothy Syrota an author, photographer and filmmaker whose work has focused on Burma since first visiting the country in 1997.
Through different styles, this exhibition explored preconceived ideas about the people of Burma, looking at more than just the political problems of the troubled nation. I helped coordinate the exhibition, liaising with artists, technicians and community members.
The exhibition was presented as part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Festival which commemorates UN World Refugee Day, occurring in Refugee Week to celebrate and showcase the contributions of newly arrived refugee communities to Victoria’s cultural life. It was supported by City of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission and Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.