“My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace – it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.” ~Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi is one of my modern day heroine in her struggle for peace in Burma, her resilience and her stubbornness for non-violence struggle is really admirable. She won in the general election in 1990 with over 59% of the votes but was taken by the military coup at the time. Being the general Aung San’s daughter who found the country, she could have raised an upraising or revolt against the government, but she kept her non-violence stands just like Gandhi. She was under house arrest for 15 years over the past 21, she has the choice of leaving the country anytime she wanted, the price was not being able to return to her homeland. She gave up so much in the struggle for peace, even when her husband is on his death bed waiting for her, she couldn’t leave her people behind in Burma. It was said that her son was so furious with her decision that he refused to talk with her or visit her for years. It is amazing how much a woman is willing to sacrifice for the love of her people. The love story of Suu Kyi and her husband can be seen in the recent release of The Lady.
Recently, the Shanghai based architect and artist, Hong Yi, who is famous for using everyday objects like coffee strains, candles and socks as part of her artwork. Her latest work is a tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi with over 2000 white carnations and food dye. The reason for the use of flower is that ASSK’s father used to put fresh floral in her hair when she was a kid before he was assassinated, which Suu Kyi still do as a ritual till present day as a way to remember her father.
It is truly stunning the amount of work that’s put into the painting, putting various amount of food dye into each plastic cup, patiently waiting for over 40 hours for the carnations to absorb and turn to various shades of red bit by bit. It is also a very fitting process to symbolize Aung San Suu Kyi’s endurance in the fight for freedom and democracy over the years.