Speaker: Catherine Raymond, Director of the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University
As fifty years of heavy-handed censorship and enforced isolation came to a close in 2011, with rescinding the military dictatorship and Myanmar’s sudden wide opening to the Internet —and through it, to the global artistic community— the malevolence scarring Burmese cultural expression is speedily fading and healing. A new visual vocabulary reflecting the transition between tradition and modernity is emerging: as evidenced by the extraordinary Thukhuma Collection assembled by Professor Holliday.
Painters deeply scarred by long-term repression are trying to find their balance: some still deeply anchored in Burmese Buddhist culture within an idealized landscape; while others in growing numbers propose seemingly radical new approaches to style and content.
Drawing equally on her extensive personal experience in Myanmar and on her recent provocative interviews with thirty contemporary artists in Yangon and Mandalay, Sorbonne-trained art historian Catherine Raymond explores this fascinating moment through her own multiple readings of the Thukhuma materials.
Catherine Raymond holds a Ph. D. in Art and Archaeology and in Indian and Southeast Asian studies from La Sorbonne (Université de Paris III). She was trained in France under Professors Jean Boisselier (Thailand, Cambodia,Vietnam); Madeleine Giteau (Cambodia and Laos); and Denise Bernot (Burma/Myanmar). She also received her DREA (equivalent to an M.A.) in Burmese Languages and Civilizations at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales.
This event is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center, and Asia Pacific Studies Institute. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd and Erwin Rd parking decks. The series provides 1 hour parking vouchers to guests.