La Casa | 2017

Pop Up Art

La Casa established in Beijing. This project was inspired by everyday life, and was a pioneering curating project based on making exhibitions in peoples’ private homes. With this simple but at that time innovative idea we were able to exhibit art in a more relaxed way than a gallery and to explore the interaction of art and living. Founders | Diana Valarezo | Jose Abad Lorente

We feel that these houses are some of the most interesting architecture in Yangon and are often in a precarious situation, with many in danger of being demolished in the name of development and modernity. The La Casa project pinpoints private houses as part of the city’s living heritage and provides local curators the opportunity to explore art in domestic spaces.

La Casa - Art Projects was first developed in Beijing from 2000 to 2003.  It was an independent and pioneering curating project that blended contemporary art exhibitions in non-conventional spaces such us private homes, hospitals and schools.  La Casa was also a community art project that used art as a tool to represent marginalised communities.

Fate Undicided

Curated by Gunnlung Bina Kuloy

Casa of U Thein Aung and Daw Mya Mya Thinn

47th Street, Botataung Tsp.

The century old wooden house flanked with mango trees is the last one of its kind on the bustling downtown street. Half of the house has been locked for decades; storing objects that are no longer in use, but for practical or sentimental reasons have not been discarded. Upon entering, one feels the looming presence of inevitable, upcoming decisions. But as of now, the fate of the house and all it contains is still undecided. 

Presented in this space is the contemporary art installation `past // now // future` which raises the question of how choices and actions impact future diversity.

The century old wooden house flanked with mango trees is the last one of its kind on the bustling downtown street.

Mr. Bob Memories for Free

Curated by Bob Percival

Casa | Bob Percival

Street Intervention

Mr. Bob is leaving his beloved Yangon on a (forced) return to his homeland down under in Australia. As a parting farewell he is only too happy to regift (dhana) many of his belongings that he has accumulated over the last four years. The objects and their memories will be given away for free!

Golden Stories

Curated by Turquoise Mountain Myanmar

Illustrator | U Hla Thaung

Artisans | Aung Chay | Thein Aung | Wai Lin Tun

Experience a goldsmith workshop. Meet the artisans, observe the melting process of the metal, hear the hammering of gold plates, admire the detailed work and focus that goes into the transformation of gold into delicate jewellery. Learn about the process, techniques and tools traditionally used for handcrafting solid gold jewellery pieces. They showcased the hand drawn illustrations of our designs which are inspired by centuries old Myanmar motifs.

Artists Talk by Sandar and Thu Thu about the designs and history in brief explanation on the importance of reviving ancient designs, supporting traditional crafts and the process of hand made gold jewelry

Experience a goldsmith workshop. Meet the artisans, observe the melting process of the metal.

Sculpture Exhibitions & Artist Talk

Curated by Sophie Waldschmidt

Artists | Sonny Nyein

An art déco inspired heritage apartment built more than 80 years ago. Discover the sculptures of Sonny Nyein in this unique environment on Peasant’s Day (March 2nd). Sonny Nyein works with different materials …

Entrants from the La Casa Call for Artists are presenting their artworks in a creatively renovated apartment.

Open Portfolio & Artist Talk

Curated by Festival organizers

Casa | James and Katherine

Artists | Thinn Khine, San Zaw Htaw,  Zwe Yan Naing, Don Wright, Kyi Thar Aye

Open Portfolio is an opportunity for artists to present their work in relaxed and home atmosphere and discuss with the audience for feedback. The home is an old apartment that recently has been renovated very creatively.

Artist Talk: by the participants artists and guest moderated by artist Moe Myat May

The Collector Talk

Art Promoter | Suu Nwe Htun

Art Collector | Nay Naing 

Join for a morning coffee with art collectors and art promoters to learn and jointly discuss how they promote the collection of Myanmar art. Find out where they find their pieces, how do they make their selections and how do they build relations with the artists.

Windows of Yangon | Stories of Yangon

Curated by San Lin Tun

Photo Exhibition| Cristina Chiorean

Short Story Reading| San Lin Tun

Three generations of one Yangon family invite you to their home near Bogyoke Market to experience artistic expressions of Yangon’s heritage and daily life. Listen to soon to be published short stories of one family member and look at a photo series on the life around Yangon’s windows produced by a young European photographer. Both artists will be present.

& Proud at Home Screening

Curated by Billy Stewart

A selection of short movies produced by Rainbow Reels workshops for young LGBT filmmakers in Myanmar. Presented in Myanmar language with English subtitles. Q & A with film makers.

The movies will explore home, family issues as way to talk and presents Myanmar art and cultural heritage from the LGBT community. Experience a screening in a renovated old building.

A selection of short movies produced by Rainbow Reels workshops for young LGBT filmmakers in Myanmar.  

Converting plots of wasteland into a community art and green space - open workshop for children

Back Alley Mural Workshop

Curated by Festival Team and Emilie Röell

Artists: Kyal Sin Thant

Doh Eain & Yangon City Growers recently converted this back alley into an alley garden, as a pilot under a wider initiative aimed at converting plots of wasteland into community gardens.

Olga Children’s art is the artist’s director Soe Pa Pa Myint and her daughter Kyal Cin Htit  will coordinate a mural painting workshop  with children from the community on 27 street lower block will be making plants and animal alley.