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In Conversation: Mia Boe and Ma Ei with Amelia Winata

Installation view of Mia Boe, 'Going Insein', presented at Gertrude Glasshouse, 2023. Photo: Christian Capurro
Installation view of Mia Boe, 'Going Insein', presented at Gertrude Glasshouse, 2023. Photo: Christian Capurro

Artist Talk
Saturday 26 August 2023, 6:00am

Gertrude Glasshouse

44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood

Saturday 26 August, 4pm.

Artist Mia Boe and guest speaker artist Ma Ei joined Gertrude Curator in Residence Amelia Winata for a discussion on the occasion of Boe's solo exhibition Going Insein at Gertrude Glasshouse. Boe, Ma Ei and Winata discussed some of the themes of the exhibition, which serves as a study of the carceral conditions of political prisoners of Insein Prison အင်းစိန်ထောင် in Myanmar/Burma.

Ma Ei discussed her own practise, experiences in Myanmar/Burma after the 2021 coup and widespread fear of the prison.

Mia Boe is a painter from Brisbane, with Butchulla and Burmese ancestry. The inheritance and 'disinheritance' of both of these cultures focus her work. Mia's paintings respond, sometimes obliquely, to Empire’s deliberate, violent interferences with the cultural heritages of Burma and K’gari.

Ma Ei (1978) holds a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from East of Yangon university and works across painting, installation, photography and performance art. Ma Ei has participated in the Hong Kong & Myanmar Performance art exchange, 12th AsiaTopia International Performance Festival (Thailand), PanAsia International Performance Festival (Korea), The Longest Day Performance Festival (Switzerland), ZAZ Performance Festival (Israel) and participated in contemporary artist residencies and programs in London, Sweden, USA, Japan and Australia. In 2021, Ma Ei presented work in the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Exhibition at QAGOMA, Brisbane. 

Amelia Winata is the Curator in Residence at Gertrude Contemporary. She is also an editor of Memo Review and Index Journal.

Event video
Associated exhibition

Mia Boe
Going Insein

Gertrude Glasshouse
4 August - 2 September 2023

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Mia Boe is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

The development of this project has been supported by Michael and Janet Buxton.

Gertrude Glasshouse is generously supported by Michael Schwarz and David Clouston.

The 2023 Gertrude Glasshouse Program is supported by the City of Yarra.

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Wurundjeri Country
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Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

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