By Shwe Wutt Hmon (Myanmar)
In collaboration with Kyi Kyi Thar
Curated by Guo-Liang Tan
Presented as a culmination of the Objectifs Documentary Award, Open Category
Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
18 Mar to 25 Apr 2021
Opening (Extended Hours): Thu 18 Mar, 12pm to 9pm
Please stay tuned for details on the artist and curator’s talk.
“Shwe, we just don’t talk about it. Most of us have someone in the family who is struggling with mental health. We just don’t talk about that openly,” said a close friend who lives a thousand miles away.
How does it feel to see someone you care for and love so deeply constantly defeated by mental illness? How can we cope and reimagine our individual and collective pain?
Noise and Cloud and Us is a new exhibition by emerging Burmese photographer Shwe Wutt Hmon. It is an exploration of trauma, empathy and kinship, emerging out of personal experience caring for a loved one struggling with mental illness.
A collaborative journey with the artist’s sister Kyi Kyi Thar, the exhibition includes photographic and mixed media work that seeks to surface and tend to the hidden wounds of the psyche. Conceived under the Objectifs Documentary Award, Noise and Cloud and Us resists capturing an easy picture of living with mental illness. Rather, it engages with image-making as an empathic response and to reimagine a sense of recovery.
About Shwe Wutt Hmon
Shwe Wutt Hmon (b.1986) is a freelance documentary photographer based in Yangon, Myanmar, and is an independent researcher for UN agencies and international organisations. Shwe’s works focus on collective identity, human relationships, exploring mental health and telling long-term stories of places and people close to her heart.
Shwe is one of the founding members of a Myanmar based women photographer collective, Thuma Collective. She was a participant in 13th Angkor Photo’s professional workshop in 2017, a mentee in Invisible Photographer Asia’s Mentorship Program in 2018, and was selected for South Asia Incubator 1 at Photo Kathmandu 2018. She completed her first artist residency at Villa Sträuli in Winterthur, Switzerland, in early 2020, supported by Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi. Shwe is World Press Photo’s 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass participant.
Shwe’s work I Wish You Were There was shown at Objectifs’ Women in Photography 2017 slideshow projection Asian Women Photographer’s Showcase.
About Guo-Liang Tan
Guo-Liang Tan (b. 1980, Singapore) is a visual artist working primarily in the field of painting, from which works in other mediums such as text, collage and video sometimes emerge. In his work, surfaces, painterly or otherwise, becomes a space for performing gestures of affect and conjuring a haunting that converses the ghosts of abstraction. Alongside his own work, Tan also collaborates with other artists on curatorial and publication projects, including Aversions and Found & Lost (2009) for Osage Gallery, We Who Saw Signs (2011) for Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Side Affects (2019) for Ota Fine Arts and Rushes Of Time (2020) for Asian Film Archive.