Being in Place

Exhibition by Helena Cing Deih Sian 6 May to 30 October 2022 May 6 - October 30, 2022

In times of political change, Helena Cing Deih Sian explores the contemporary significance of architectural heritage in Yangon, Myanmar. She examines the relationship between the spatial environment and political development.

In the exhibition, contemporary witnesses talk about 14 places in Yangon. These places have been left out of the ideological narratives of the military dictatorship and their significance for the future development of building culture and urban planning has not been taken into account. The stories about these places that have not yet been told are counter-narratives of the civilian efforts for democracy and freedom. These places stand out as “unofficial heritage sites” and underline the urgency for the question of who is entitled to dispose of them. Do they have to be specialists or can people without expertise have their say? What can remain and what will be demolished?

The exhibition provides an insight into the discourse surrounding the contested architectural heritage. With the aim of establishing a culture of remembrance for Yangon, Helena Cing Deih Sian invites visitors to participate and contribute their thoughts. The travelling exhibition will be shown in cities with a large Myanmar diaspora after its stop in the South/Southeast Asia Department of the Linden Museum: Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg.

Helena Cing Deih Sian, born in 1994 in Kalay/Myanmar, studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart until April 2022. The exhibition is the subject of her final thesis.

In cooperation with: University of Stuttgart, Urban Planning Institute International Urbanism

Ever since humans discovered and settled the island worlds in the Pacific thousands of years ago, there have been many connections between the widely scattered land areas in the largest sea on earth.

In cooperation with:
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, China Center Tübingen, HFT Stuttgart

With kind support:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Karl Schlecht Stiftung, Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde e.V., Universitätsbund Tübingen e. V., Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Netzwerk transformierender Lehre in Baden-Württemberg, Verein Freunde Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart