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Aung San Suu Kyi

Artist: Zwe Yan Naign (1984 – ) Primary
Date: 2012
21st century
Dimensions: 48 x 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm)
Object Type: Collage
Creation Place: Asia, Myanmar
Medium and Support: Bank notes
Credit Line: Gift of the Thukhuma Collection, 2022.
Accession Number: 2022.02.01
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Zwe Yan Naing lived as a Buddhist monk for a decade before attending the State School of Fine Art in Yangon. His work reflects his Buddhist Rakhine background as well as his political inclinations, often considered the most outwardly political artist in Myanmar. This work is from a series made out of decommissioned bank notes that he bought back from the national bank. Featuring the likeness of the late General Aung San (father of modern day politician Aung San Suu Kyi) a hero of Myanmar’s independence, the bills are cut up by the artist and recombined into Pop portraits.


Artist's collection; Private Collection; Thukhuma Collection; gift 2022 to the Fairfield University Art Museum


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Works in two dimensions or very low relief that were made by gluing paper, fabrics, photographs, or other materials onto a flat surface
Burma / Myanmar
Settled in 5th millennium BCE; early home to Mongolian people from Tibet from 5th century BCE; Hindus settled 3rd century; united under dynasty at Pagan 11th century; overthrown by Mongols 13th century; united under Toungoo dynasty 16th century and as modern state in 18th century; official language is Burmese, but others are used by ethnic groups including Indians, Chinese, Karen, and Shan.

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