Mobile Library: New Zero
When we first began to discuss the Mobile Library Project at MARCA, there was no doubt in our minds that New Zero Art Space was an organization we would like to partner with – because they are the original archive and library in Yangon. They support arts and education, exhibitions, residency programs and international exchange all in one space. The founder Aye Ko and the innumerable volunteers and collaborators that have made their work possible inspire all over Myanmar and the world. They are the heart and soul of what art education can and should be in Myanmar.
We wanted the books of the Mobile Library to speak to New Zero’s own library, and curator Haymann Oo and Aye Ko, along with Ko Latt and Yadanar, were very happy to help us make that possible. They interpreted the Mobile Library with fresh perspective, and instead of focusing on the archival aspects of it, or the contemporaneity of the subject, they brought the focus back to the words, the books themselves, and the tradition of literature, poetry and reading in Myanmar.
Famous Myanmar poets have used the space to create live poetry performances, talks on the importance of books and knowledge, and how artists can use that knowledge to grow creatively. Poetry is an indelible part of the creative landscape of Myanmar and New Zero brought that fact to light while hosting the ML in their space.
Mobile Library is sponsored by Foundation for the Arts Initiative and Mr. and Mrs. Serge Pun.
Poetry Reading at NEW ZERO: