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The freeing power of the scrap heap

Cultural resistance is to piece together what one finds on the heap. Burmese Days shows in a careful way how Myanmar cultural actors see the potential of the fragmented – and that a ruined society does not have to be hopeless.

By Cunningham.

Karl Ingar Røys' video installation Burmese Days. (2014) has taken its name from George Orwell's novel from 1934. The novel is based on the author's experiences as a policeman during the British colonial administration in Burma (which was much later called Myanmar), and reflects Orwell's hatred of imperialism. He gained this insight by participating in and witnessing the oppression, exploitation and racism of British colonialism. In a later essay, Orwell wrote the following about this time: “I hated the job I did, stronger than I can explain. In such a job, you see the dirty methods of the empire in close quarters. ”
Røys has not linked his own work to Orwell. . .

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