Arts Picks: Htein Lin's art that hurts, Singapore Ballet is on point, Chloe Ong makes an impression

Artist Htein Lin from Myanmar has new work inspired by violent demonstrations there in 2021. PHOTO: HTEIN LIN COURTESY OF RICHARD KOH FINE ART
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If Myanmar artist Htein Lin's art looks crude, it is probably because he learnt to draw in a refugee camp on the border of then Burma and India, where he was hiding after participating in the pro-democracy uprising of the late 1980s.

After three years, in 1991, he left the camp for another - a student rebel camp in Pajau, near the Chinese border in northern Kachin state. But instead of finding refuge, he was tortured when he found himself on the wrong side of a leadership struggle.

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