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Sawangwongse Yawnghwe
Born in Shan State, Burma in 1971
Now lives and works in Netherlands
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe’s grandfather, Sao Shwe Thaik, was Burma’s first president after the country gained independence from Britain in 1948. Shwe Thaik died in prison following the 1962 military coup. Since then, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe and his family was driven into exile.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe’s painting and installation practice engages politics with reference to his family history as well as current and historical events in his country. Family photographs also provide the basis for a pictorial language through which he explores events in the country, suggesting that existing and available archives cannot reveal a nation’s entire truth. Sawangwongse Yawnghwe’s work is collected by MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Thailand.