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22222 Spring Uprising

The previous military coup in 1964 lasted 26 years, because the people of Myanmar were terrified into submission. This time there is a counter uprising going on in this SE Asian country once known as Burma, that will not be quelled. The momentum is coming from the youth, and bravely supported by every other demographic.  Myanmar art and artists have played an essential role in spreading the word and motivating the masses in this deadly fight for freedom. The Art For Freedom exhibit is about educating and increasing international awareness of the Myanmar grassroots insurgence. It is also about showcasing the diverse work of Myanmar creative activists. Their images were used with permission, with the understanding that their identities remain protected through anonymity. Upon completion of the Kelowna exhibit, the Art For Freedom art panels, mounted on recycled metal signs, were donated to the Myanmar Students Coalition of British Columbia, who have been doing their own peaceful protests in BC's Lower Mainland. According to the 2024 Human Rights Watch Annual Report, since the coup in February 2021, "nearly 2 million people in Myanmar have been internally displaced and 94,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring countries. In addition, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented  18 million people that required humanitarian aid.

Art For Change
Art For Freedom
May 1 - June 30, 2022 Rotary Centre For the Arts Kelowna, Sylx Nation, BC Canada


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