MOE Myat May Zarchi

About The Artist

Moe Myat May Zarchi (b. 1994) is a film director and lens-based multidisciplinary artist, often employing experimental techniques in photography and film. In 2015, she finished her studies at College of the Atlantic, continuing at New York Film Academy. She has written and directed several award-winning short films, ‘My Lover Never Came’ (2016) , ‘From Me To Me’ (2017) and ‘HER MIRRORS’ (2019). She founded 3-ACT – a cinema magazine, film education hub and production house – with Burmese filmmakers to support narrative storytelling in film. Recently, she co-founded an artist-run interdisciplinary arts initiative, MATTER audiovisual lab.

MOE Myat May Zarchi

"Everything is made of atoms. Billions of atoms combine to form visible structures. Structures make identity. Identity forms a separation between everything. Especially in an urban place, where the grittiness of concrete buildings overwhelms the atmosphere, the presence of fluidity gets lost in our daily lives."

About The Artwork

Freedom of Clouds

Single-channel black and white video with sound

A collaboration with experimental Burmese musician, CGAUSS a.k.a Itö or Win Htut Thawdar, Moe Myat May Zarchi’s Freedom of Clouds is an audiovisual work featuring a sound performance, and informed by Tao-ist notions. Originally intended as an installation with dual channels, in this single-channel, televisual format it features the motif of particles that are audio-reactive, shifting with the soundtrack in imitation of the movement of dust. Footage of buildings shot in Myanmar are digitally glitched, blurring and morphing as the piece progresses to a state of abstraction in tandem with the crescendo of sound, signifying freedom from form and definition - not unlike the notion of Tao, the underlying, unifying principle of the universe. Zarchi remarks, “Everything is made of atoms. Billions of atoms combine to form visible structures. Structures make identity. Identity forms a separation between everything. Especially in an urban place, where the grittiness of concrete buildings overwhelms the atmosphere, the presence of fluidity gets lost in our daily lives. As with the flow of nature, everything is metamorphosis. The science of nature and the acceptance of it is termed Tao in eastern philosophy. However, stuck in closed doors in cells, we lose connection with one another.”

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