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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Phyoe Kyi

Residency period

02 April – 29 June 2018


Phyoe Kyi (b. 1977, Myanmar) is a painter, graphic designer, and a self-taught installation and performance artist based in Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar. Working with a variety of mediums, his conceptual and experience-based practice triggers conversations on existing social systems and the complexities of human nature, often giving voice to oppressed and forgotten people. His works has been exhibited widely across Myanmar and has been included in numerous international shows such 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Japan (2005) and 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh (2004). His most recent solo show, The White Clothes took place at Myanm/art Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar (2016). He curated the 1st Mingun Biennale, Mingun, Myanmar (2015).


During the residency, Phyoe Kyi intends to develop an interactive multimedia installation. The project—which subtly pays homage to the artist’s mother, a recurrent subject in his work— entails both the conceptualization and the rendering of a virtual museum showcasing a selection of artworks that are of special significance to the artist himself. He aims to finalize the architectural plan of the museum as well as to gather video and audio files for his idiosyncratic collection. Concurrently, Phyoe Kyi will also expand the scope of The White Cloth, a project started in 2014 that explores the layered symbolical imagery of white cloth and its social, political, and cultural significance in Burmese culture and language.