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Looking At Art In Myanmar During A Time Of Transition

photo of "Ordinary People," by Min Zaw
Courtesy of Ian Holliday
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"Ordinary People" by Min Zaw
photo of "Seated Dancer" by Kin Maung Yin
Credit Courtesy of Ian Holliday
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"Seated Dancer" by Kin Maung Yin

For most of the past 50 years, Myanmar has been under a military dictatorship and subsequently cut off from the western world. But the country is now in a time of transition after democratic elections last year.

"Thukhuma: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition" looks at the changes in Myanmar's cultural landscape through the paintings of 34 native artists. The exhibit is on display at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until Friday, July 29.

  Host Frank Stasio talks with Ian Holliday, curator of the exhibit, about the history of the arts in Myanmar.

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Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.