Wah Nu and Tun Win Aung respond to written questions from the Guggenheim about their practices, motivations, and creative lives.
What are the qualities you feel are essential to true innovation?
The power of ideas and the art of realizing their potential.
In your video interview, you spoke about the Museum Project. Can you tell us why it is important to you to share your knowledge of art with rural communities? What would the people you work with want the rest of the world to know about them?
We simply see it as the work of artists. We undertake most of these projects in rural communities because we are attracted to them, more so than urban ones. That does not mean it is more important to us to share our knowledge of art with rural communities than with other ones, it’s just because rural areas are a major inspiration to us.
What do you see as your key challenge?
Making the right time and place.
Wah Nu, your family has a history of filmmaking, and you sent some photos of a screening of a film called Dat Khe. Would you tell us more about this?
I have wanted to make a video work about my father and his films since early in my career as an artist. He was very close to me, and I had time to be with him during his last days. We would chat about my ideas and intentions. I said we would go to Tun Win Aung's native village and provide an open-air screening and village festival, like one that happened thirty years ago, and that this would be turned into a video work. For this, I want to use one of his films. My father suggested Dat Khe. In 2012, after he passed away, when I tried to work it out, our old mates helped me as they had done before for us, me and my father. His work transformed, one might say, into mine just as I came from him.
If you could change the world through your art, what would you address?
We just want our world to be a natural world of wisdom.
In your interview, you talked about Po Po being a major influence on your practice. Is there anyone—or anywhere—else that you find particularly inspiring?
We find our inspiration more in rural communities than in cities, but this doesn’t mean we want to focus on those places in our works.
What is your next project?
At the moment, I am putting the finishing touches to our ongoing work Ipso Facto. And I still do not know which project should come next.