As an artist-activist who has been involved in the anti-civil war movement in Myanmar for over a decade, Heavenly is growing doubtful about the impact of non-violent protest. She has witnessed arrests, torture and killings. Close friends joined the armed revolution because of the circumstances and the belief in a better future, losing their careers, property, family members or even their lives.
As a survivor, Heavenly feels guilty. In No body repeats its past, the artist lists her doubts, rotating between repressed thoughts, suspended fear and collected courage. She uses art as a tool to conquer guilt, to reflect on her thoughts. Together with the outdoor pool visitors, Heavenly wants to question boundaries of non-violent reaction in socio-political movements, develop expressive gestures and stimulate a discussion about the moral dimension of artistic and armed resistance. Heavenly's action not only strengthens the sense of community, but also the belief in ourselves and the choices we make, whether individually or collectively.
About the artist
Zoncy Heavenly (*1987, Myanmar) has a strong affinity for live and performance art. As a socially and politically active artist, she explores the ways in which art can be an effective tool for shaping communities. In her work, she explores questions about feminist issues and ethnic minority struggles. The artist is currently a DAAD scholarship holder.