Activities to date


Forthcoming and ongoing

  • Documentation and collection of plaster arms for ‘A Show of hands’, throughout Myanmar
  • Autobiography: ‘Ma-Pa – the ABsDF Northern Branch Affair’  to be published in Yangon in November/December in Burmese (see ‘Lousy Millionaire’ below for an English preview)
  • Co-curator, “My Yangon My Home ” Yangon Art and Heritage Festival, a festival of community art projects to explore heritage, culture and art in Yangon (March 2015)


  • Dhaka Art Summit, February ‘A Show of Hands’ (performance), paintings shown by Tasneem Gallery
  • Beyond the Itch, solo show, River Gallery 2, Yangon March
  • Rosary Bowl/Mastery of the Mind (installation) and paintings included in group show of Myanmar contemporary art at ‘Pagodas, Longyis and Nats’ at the  Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München (Munich), Germany (September 2014- 3 May 2015)
  • Panellist and performance, Contemporary Dialogues festival organised by Fluxkit, Yangon, October
  • Performance ‘Give us back our land’, opening of exhibition ‘Blank Mind’ by Soe Naing, A-hla Thit gallery, Yangon, October


  • Art of Transition conference, Yangon, March
  • Htein Lin and Ernesto Leal, El Fragmento Eliminado, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, (April- June)
  • Nominated artist, Absolut Art Award
  • Returned to Yangon, and commenced A Show of Hands project
  • Advisory Committee, Artraker Fund, 2013, and judge for 1st award


  • Video Lounge, India Art fair, courtesy Tasneem Gallery
  • Installation:  The Triple Gem, Singapore Fringe Festival, February
  • Asia House group show, London, July-August
  • Workshops and performances in Rangoon and Mandalay, Burma August
  • Shanghai Contemporary Art fair (courtesy Tasneem gallery), September
  • Visiting artist, Charleston College, South Carolina, USA, October
  • Prison paintings, video (Rises and Passes Away) and performance, Freedom Film festival, Copenhagen, October
  • Clark House Mumbai at ISCP New York, USA, November
  • I C U Jest, collateral exhibition (installation and performance) by the Clark House Initiative at the 1st Indian Biennale, Kochi India, December 2012-February 2013


  • Burmese Group Show, Karin  Weber Gallery, Hong Kong, April
  • Brighton Festival, UK, May
  • Prison paintings, Chimay, Belgium, May/June
  • Solo Show, North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, June
  • Nominated artist, Signature Art Prize. Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation/Singapore Art Museum
  • TAMA Tupada Performance Art Festival, Philippines, November,
  • Exhibition of prison paintings for Human Rights Day, Prague, December
  • ‘When I was a Lousy Millionaire’ (autobiographical account of experiences of detention in the jungle)


  • Installation:  The Scale of Justice, Singapore Fringe Festival, January
  • Let Me out of Hell, Burmese Theatre Workshop, London and Marseille
  • Curator, Burmese Arts Festival, Free Word Centre, London, October
  • Thavibu Gallery (with artist Chaw Ei Thein), Bangkok, November-December
  • ArtAsia Miami, Karin Weber Gallery, December
  • Regular performer, ArtEvict, London


  • Beyond Burma II Group show, Menier Chocolate Factory, London,  UK 9-14 Feb
  • Outside In: Alternative Narratives in Contemporary Art, University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong  9 June – 19 July 2009 (group show including prison paintings)
  • Group show at Karin Weber gallery, Hong Kong, July 2009 (tbc)
  • Missing Asia, Observing Europe, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, November 2009 – January 2010 (solo show)
  • 2008
  • ‘Beyond Burma’ Group show, Chocolate Factory, London 11-23 Feb
  • ‘Twenty Years On’, Suwunnabhumi Gallery, Chiang Mai 13-18 March
  • ‘The Cell’, Karin Weber Gallery , Hong Kong, 27 March-13 April
  • ‘Out of Burma’, Quest Gallery, Bath, 13 May-5 July (solo show)
  • ‘Recycled’, Coningsby Gallery, London, 17-23 August (solo show)
  • ‘Recovering Lives’, School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Aug-Oct (group show)
  • ‘Crossings, Contemporary Asian Art’ Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA 28 August – 3 October (group show)
  • Museum of Resistance, Deportation, the War, Rights and Freedom, Museo del Carcere Le Nuove, Turin, Italy 24 October – 12 November (solo show – exhibition of prison paintings)
  • Featured artist, Himal magazine


  • Artist in Residence, nr Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2006/7.
  • Paintings completed secretly while in prison on cotton cloth using a variety of media and techniques were exhibited in a solo show ‘Burma:  Inside Out’ at Asia House, London  July-Oct 2007 (see for media coverage including Economist, Int. Herald Tribune/NY Times, Sunday Times, BBC, CNN, C4 News).
  • Venice Biennale 2007 collateral event: Migration Addicts group show (curated by DDM warehouse Shanghai)
  • Asian Attitudes, Poznan National Museum, Poland, July 2007 (group show)


  • Advisory Committee, INDEX on Censorship
  • Judge, Koestler Trust Prison Art prize, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (mural section)
  • Juror, Yangon Human Rights film festival, June 2014, and group performance at opening
  • Selection Panellist for the first Artventure/Article 19 ‘Freedom to Create’ prize, 2008
  • Invited to submit works to Artists’ Pension Trust – Beijing collection
  • Consultant, ‘This Prison Where I Live’ (about Burmese actor and political prisoner Zargana), Rex Entertainment Films, 2010
  • Participated in NYU seminar: Imagining the Future:  New Worlds, New Arts, New Models, co-curators Anna Deavere Smith and Gideon Lester, Abu Dhabi, April 2011
  • Established to showcase the best of Burmese writing and art (in Burmese) live and online, in Burma and in London
  • Adviser to Writers and Scholars Education Trust on arts capacity strengthening in Burma, 2012/2013, including convenor of the ‘Art in Transition’ seminar in Yangon, March 2013
  • Founding member of Burmese Theatre Workshop, a London-based drama co-operative performing original plays in English
  • Coach to young Burmese actors and comedians. Judge for awards to graduates of documentary and short film courses in Burma
  • Meditation discipline guide for warders and prisoners, Insein Jail, December 2013
  • Regular contributor on the arts to Sone-Nan-Tha magazine
  • Contributes articles, radio dramas, poetry, short stories and  illustrations for magazines in Burma, Burmese vernacular radio stations and international media
  • Awareness raising work with Amnesty and other human rights groups
  • Educational work with primary and secondary schools, exploring themes of capture and imprisonment, and using printing techniques with found objects.