Justice Under Construction

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Justice Under Construction

This event occurred in the past

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 — Friday, November 13, 2015 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Room C

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Curated specifically for “The Art of Peace” by DIVERZE Youth Art Platform, the multimedia exhibition and interactive conflict map showcased how Myanmar artists are creatively mobilizing their talents to document and support the country’s transition from military dictatorship to emerging democracy. The range of participating artists and the diversity of their approach reflect the flexibility of art as an advocacy and peacebuilding tool, and highlighted the extent to which artists, storytellers and cultural workers are helping to steer Myanmar’s unfinished journey toward justice. Following its premiere in San Diego, the exhibition returned to Myanmar and expanded to serve as a resource for local peacebuilders — while continuing to provoke important questions related to peace, justice and identity.

Zumzang Dau Dai was born in a small village in Shan State on the border of Myanmar and China. He is a freelance graphic artist and musician who uses his creative talents to inspire youth and comment on social issues. Most recently he has channeled his work into raising awareness of the ongoing civil conflict in Kachin State and the need to maintain Myanmar’s diverse cultural identity in the face of the current political transition and integration into the global community. Dau Dai’s work also draws attention to the particular challenges artists from minority ethnic groups face in distributing their work.

Zon Sapal Phyu (Zoncy) was drawn to journalism in 2008 when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, leaving thousands without homes, livelihoods or platforms to share their plight. When the country’s strict media laws prevented her from reporting the truths in her community, she turned to art as a more effective means to advocate for change. Zoncy is now one of Myanmar’s most socially active young artists, well known for her work as a performance artist. In addition to her work as an independent artist, Zoncy is a trainer in creative advocacy, community theater and peace education.

DIVERZE Youth Art Platform was founded in 2013 by seven young artists from six different ethnic backgrounds and regions of Myanmar. Mobilizing the creative talents of its member artists, DIVERZE has spearheaded some of the country’s most creative youth-led peacebuilding initiatives, such as the first public Peace Rally following the recent transition from military dictatorship to emerging democracy. DIVERZE believes that arts and cultural traditions can be crafted to bridge differences, mediate conflict and contribute to peace, and seeks to promote art as a powerful peacebuilding tool. DIVERZE currently offers training packages in creative advocacy, community theatre, social cohesion and women’s rights. Its long-term aim is to establish and grow a nationwide network linking individual artists, community-based art groups and creative peacemakers in every state and division of Myanmar.


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