The Maw Naing, born in Myin Gyan, Myanmar, in 1971 studied IT and is a poet, performance artist, painter and filmmaker. His first book of verse, published in 1988, is a pointed commentary in surrealistic images on the political upheavals in Myanmar.
The Maw Naing’s poems do not merely interrogate the present-day social situation, but also the role of the subject in it, with the author himself becoming a field of experimentation for changes in meaning and reascribings. His poems are frequently an integral part of his installations, performances and films, which have brought him many prizes and awards.
His short documentary Again and Again was invited to among others the 2007 American Anthropological Association Film Festival. The Maw Naing’s works have been shown in Asia and in the USA. In 2009 he received a fellowship from the Czech FAMU film school in Prague.