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Min Thein Sung

b. 1978, Mawlamyine, Myanmar
Lives and works in Yangon, Myanmar

Time: Dust, 2017–2019

Dust on canvas and cotton, 29 pieces
Various dimensions
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2019 commission

Min Thein Sung’s works are often inspired by his childhood in Myanmar and the desire to find respite in the present moment. In his practice, he infuses seemingly typical objects or scenes with the potent properties of magic or allegory. For SB2019, Min Thein Sung presents ‘paintings’ that have come together into a shape and form through the dust that has collected and coalesced over time. Working with time, luminosity, humidity and particles from the air that settle on canvas, he explores a creative process with varied and indeterminate forces from nature. Here, in his words, “dust paints time.”


Min Thein Sung (b. 1978, Mawlamyine, Myanmar) graduated with a degree in painting from the National University of Arts and Culture in Yangon in 2001. His works have been presented at ‘Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia’ at Vargas Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Yuchengco Museum (Manila, the Philippines, 2018), Yinchuan Biennale (2016), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2015), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2014) and the ‘Flying Circus Project’ in Myanmar (2013), amongst others. His works are also in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Association Antigone (Réunion). He lives and works in Yangon and Mawlamyine, Myanmar.