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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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