Burmese artist works with his hands in Hanoi

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Sleight of hand: A poster advertising an installation/performance by Burmese artist Moe Satt that will take place in Hanoi April 22-25.

Burmese artist Moe Satt has brought Hand Oxide, an installation and performance the artist says focuses on hand gestures and movements, to Hanoi's Nhasan Studio.

Satt, one of Myanmar's leading experimental artists, has recorded the hand movements of people around him, from laborers working on the streets, in markets to local artists and his friends.

"When I was little, my mother told me that I have hands longer than everyone else. Like those of an artist. From then I kept telling myself that I would be an artist when I grew up. I tend to look at my hands as they move, especially when I make art and perform with them. It reminds me of my childhood memories".

Satt has been making works related to hands, hand movements and gestures since 2005. For him, hand gestures and sign language are essential means of communicating with others.

He is the founder and artistic director of BEYOND PRESSURE an independent artist-run initiative based in Yangon that hosts an international performance art festival of the same name in Myanmar every year.

On the show's opening night, Satt will perform with Vietnamese artists Tran Lam Binh and Hoang Minh Duc.

A talk with Moe Satt will be held on April 25 at 5 pm at Nhasan Studio, where Hand Oxide will run April 22-25.

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