Yangon/Myanmar auf einer Satellitenaufnahme der NASA
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How do artists and writers respond?

The Sylt Foundation initiated and runs an new long term exchange programme. Artists, writers, composers and curators will be part of the TRANSFORMATION AND IDENTITY project that negotiates our different approaches to reflect on our "burden of history" through the means of art. The Sylt Foundation is inviting artists from seven countries into this exchange programme to offer the possibility of travel to different places where they will meet international colleagues, learn, compare, exchange and thus reflect the results in their works. This programme will take place in Cambodia, Chile, Cuba, Germany, Haiti, Myanmar and South Africa. Our opening workshop will take place in Yangon/Myanmar from 25th April to 1st May 2017.
Read more about the TRANSFORMATION AND IDENTITY project.

Workshop and presentation in Yangon/Myanmar, 25th April to 1st May, 2017

When political systems and societies change – how does it affect personal lives and psychologies and how do artists and writers respond to its changing expressions and perceptions in a hybrid world?

In different workshops during four days our perceptions of change, of our burdens of history will be scrutinized and discussed. How do artists of different societies and cultures deal with change and social upheaval? Are there common denominators and where are points of contacts? And what does it mean for common artistic collaborations. Especially for international and intercultural art projects.

Experiences/ discourses convinced the curators and the participations that language, poetry and literature should be scrutinized interdisciplinary and thus artists from other fields are invited to share their experiences and ideas.

The interdisciplinary approach will be at the core of the entire “Transformation & Identity” project of the Sylt Foundation for the next five years and discourses and work shops among poets, visual artists, dancers, musicians, composers and curators about their ideas and experiences will be an integral part of the experience as well as opportunities to showcase the results in form of book publications and exhibitions.

All the visual artists traveling with will work on local projects that investigate the idea of transformation and change trough their specific art form.

A show of previous works of all of the foreign artists will be shown together with artists from Myanmar in an art institution in Yangon during their stay.

The events in Yangon are a collaboration of the Sylt Foundation with the Burmese art Journal “Be Untexed”, the German “Literaturfonds” and “Short Story Day Africa”.

Curator is Indra Wussow.

International participants of the festival in Yangon:

Jorge Aceituno (photographer / Chile)
Fred Apke
(dramatist, theatre director, actor / Germany-Poland)
Beberly Estay
(photographer / Chile)
L.I.E.S. aka Jonas Gerberding
(graffiti artist / Germany)
Han Lynn
(poet, translator / Myanmar)
Guy Helminger
(poet, curator, presenter / Luxemburg-Germany)
Nyan Lynn
(poet, blogger, digital artist / Myanmar)
Nikola Madzirov
(poet / Macedonia-Germany)
Michael Maierhof
(composer, philosopher / Germany)
Tuomo Manninen (photographer / Finnland)
Achim Mohné
(artist, activist / Germany)
Jaco van Schalkwyk (visual artist / South Africa)
Angela Tsakiris
(editor / Germany)
Thu Kim Vu
(visual artist / Vietnam)
Jan Valk
(editor, publisher, literary critique / Germany)
Enrique Winter
(poet, writer, editor / Chile)
Indra Wussow
(curator, writer, Director of the Sylt Foundation / Germany)
Rachel Zadok
(poet, editor / South Africa)

Local participants from Myanmar:

Di Lu Galay (Myanmar)
Mae Yway (Myanmar)
Tha Kount Tharr (Myanmar)
Zaw Lu Sein (Myanmar)
Zeya Lynn (Myanmar)
to be continued / updated

VIOLENT MEMORIES - Literary Readings
Poetry from Myanmar and all over the world

27th april 2017, 7 p.m.
at Myanm(art) Gallery in downtown Yangon

Eaindra (Myanmar)
Mae Yway (Myanmar)
Tha Kount Tharr (Myanmar)
Zaw Lu Sein (Myanmar)
Zeya Lynn (Myanmar)


Fred Apke (dramatist, theatre director, actor / Germany-Poland)
Guy Helminger (poet, curator, presenter / Luxemburg-Germany)
Nikola Madzirov (poet / Macedonia-Germany)
Enrique Winter (poet, writer, editor / Chile)
Rachel Zadok (poet, editor / South Africa)

moderators: Di Lu Galay and Indra Wussow

A collaboration of the Sylt Foundation, the Burma-based electronic journal Be Untexed, the Goethe-Institut Myanmar and the Myanm(art) Gallery in Yangon.
Special thanks to Deutscher Literaturfonds for supporting the participation of Fred Apke.


VIOLENT MEMORIES - the workshops
date and location t.b.a.

1. The Camera Eye: State Surveillance of Artists and Censorship Past and Present
The panel will discuss the challenges artists, poets, writers etc were faced with serveillence and censorship in the past and the situation today, drawing on the panelists' experience.

2. Winged Imaginations: Arts and Social Engagement
The panel will discuss how artists, poets and writers take on the idea of social engagement in arts.

3. Stitched Up and Muted: The Role of Women Artists, Poets and Writers and the Challenges They Face, Past and Present

4. New Directions in Arts, Post-Colonial, Post-Dictatorship

5. World Literature in Flux: Discussion on Translation and New Literary Possibilities
In this panel, the participants will touch on the importance and challenges of translation while they will also discuss the changing literary trends and explore new possibilities. This panel is dedicated to translation, world literature and new poetics

6. Interdisciplinary work and international collaborations - new perceptions though the arts


VIOLENT MEMORIES - an art exhibition
information follows