Sending a Message of Solidarity
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Sending a Message of Solidarity


By THE IRRAWADDY DECEMBER, 2010 - VOL.18, NO.12


Left:Aung San Suu Kyi, Right: Min Ko Naing
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American artist Jim McNalis has made his celebrated sculptures of Burmese personalities more accessible by creating postcards of them. His fine portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi appeared as a postcard to coincide with her release from house arrest. On the reverse of the card, McNalis writes: “Aung San Suu Kyi reminds us there is no such thing as neutrality; that if one person’s freedom is denied, the freedom of all people is in jeopardy. She reminds us that the battle for human rights and dignity is never over.”

McNalis’s message carries particular poignancy on another of his postcards, which portrays his sculpture of 88 Generation Students leader Min Ko Naing, who is serving a 65-year prison sentence for participating in demonstrations in August 2007. “Let us wish our brother well and assure him that his efforts are not in vain, that he is not alone in his fight for justice and freedom. True courage will prevail.”

McNalis’s postcards can be ordered by emailing him at [email protected].

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Francesco Sinibaldi Wrote:
05/01/2011
The luminous candle.

You are a
luminous candle,
your eyes make
a present when
a young bird
escapes in the
light of my
sunshine.

Francesco Sinibaldi

Kyi May Kaung Wrote:
30/12/2010
Beautiful work in honor of beautiful people in body and soul. The artist also has great soul, that's why he could do justice to these great people.

I have seen the original of the Aung San Suu Kyi sculpture in the DC offices of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (The Burmese Democratic Government in Exile) often, and once I asked Dr. Sein Win's daughter, what Daw Suu was like. Dr. Sein Win is Daw Suu's first cousin.

She turned around and pointed to the sculpture, so I am sure it is a good likeness.

Anyway, it does not matter, only the "soul" of piece of art matters.

I think both 3D portraits are excellent and reveal the extreme humanity of the subjects.

Like Platon's photographs in this same issue.

Kyi May Kaung (Ph.D.).


hla thein Wrote:
26/12/2010
Min ko Naing's is more similar than Daw Suu's

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