Episode 51: Staring down the male gaze

Several years ago, Ma Chuu Wai Nyein was travelling through Mandalay by motorbike, when a rider on another bike reached out and groped her teenage sister, who was riding behind her.

Instead of ignoring the incident, as is often expected of Myanmar women, she confronted the man, who was arrested and eventually charged.

That experience inspired Chuu Wai Nyein to begin paintings that confront traditionally-held beliefs in Myanmar that women should be modest, but still accept staring and groping. Ahead of her sixth exhibition, in Paris, Doh Athan speaks with Chuu Wai Nyein about her work, and how she hopes to inspire men and women to question these attitudes.

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