As told to Kerstin Winking

How I became an artist: Sawangwongse Yawnghwe

Meet the Burmese exile who found sanctuary in art 

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe in his Amsterdam studio, February 2022. Photo by Alex Blanco for Art Basel.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe in his Amsterdam studio, February 2022. Photo by Alex Blanco for Art Basel.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe in his Amsterdam studio, February 2022. Photo by Alex Blanco for Art Basel.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe in his Amsterdam studio, February 2022. Photo by Alex Blanco for Art Basel.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe in his Amsterdam studio, February 2022. Photo by Alex Blanco for Art Basel.
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe in his Amsterdam studio, February 2022. Photo by Alex Blanco for Art Basel.

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