Myanmar Through the Eyes of Creatives

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Myanmar Through the Eyes of Creatives

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The performance art piece Losing Parts is a powerful response to the rape and murder of two ethnically Kachin teachers by Myanmar soldiers in January 2015. Zoncy’s performance, accompanied by original music written and performed by Dau Dai, draws attention to how rape and sexual violence are still being used as a weapon of war in many parts of the world, and makes a public call for the global community to stand together for justice and truth. This original performance was followed by a multimedia presentation that highlighted how artists and civil society are using the arts to support human rights, justice and peace in Myanmar and the impact of these efforts. A discussion with Zoncy and Dau Dai, a Kachin graphic artist and peace activist, followed.


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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