Borderline Cafe, Shop & Gallery, Mae Sot, Thailand

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Borderline Café, Shop & Gallery Borderline is a café, fair-trade handicraft shop & art gallery based in Mae Sot, Thailand, supporting Burmese migrants and refugees on the Thai-Burma border. Check out our catalog and email us your mail order!
 

**Catalog was made in 2010. Please email to check validity of specific prices and products. More recent product photos are available to view on Facebook.

We also invite you to host meetings and parties at Borderline! Our kitchen can provide a variety of Burmese foods and drinks, and space is provided in either our outdoor garden or the art gallery. Available during regular shop hours or in the evenings. Please email us to discuss your event needs.

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Borderline Gallery Artwork

Special Exhibition and Reading in the Gallery

Our Gallery has made a little change and it is now serving as a reading room as well. Sit down on pillows and read one of our many books. Our books can also be taken home or on your trip. Of course if you have another book in return, our collection will be ready for the next visitor.

For the second half of May we have hung some artwork of our group members. It is a selection of the work Borderline has in stock. You can also take a look inside the small room in the centre of the gallery. Some artwork hangs on the wall, and other work is displayed on a table. Ask staff downstairs for information.

A collaboration between Borderline artists Bo Bo, Saw Poe Dah and Win Htet

A collaboration between Borderline artists Bo Bo, Saw Poe Dah and Win Htet

My Story photo project 9

Here is press release: You are invited to celebrate the 9th annual MY STORY photo project exhibition at Borderline Gallery, Thursday, April 3, 6 - 9 pm. From Myitkina to Yangon, from Mae Tan to Mae Sot, 38 young photographers will have their work professionally framed and mounted for this show.  People at a market in Yangon, the hills of Myitkina, a girl with really long hair, a gentleman hidden behind the steam from a cook pot, these are pictures worth 1,000 words. Prints are for sale, with half the proceeds going to the photographer and half back to the project for the purchase of new cameras. Please visit msppa.org and 'like' us on Facebook.

You are invited to celebrate the 9th annual MY STORY photo project exhibition at Borderline Gallery, Thursday, April 3, 6 – 9 pm.
From Myitkina to Yangon, from Mae Tan to Mae Sot, 38 young photographers will have their work professionally framed and mounted for this show. People at a market in Yangon, the hills of Myitkina, a girl with really long hair, a gentleman hidden behind the steam from a cook pot, these are pictures worth 1,000 words.
Prints are for sale, with half the proceeds going to the photographer and half back to the project for the purchase of new cameras.
Please visit www.msppa.org and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

SUNSHINE AGAIN

The floodwaters have receded from Mae Sot town, and the rain has been lighter for a couple weeks. Borderline invites you to enjoy “SUNSHINE AGAIN” with our newest gallery exhibition from August 15th-31st. Due to various circumstances, this year Borderline did not throw an anniversary party. However, in conjunction with our 9th anniversary, Borderline Gallery proudly presents a beautiful exhibition by one of Mae Sot’s most popular artists, Sein Sein Lin. Sein Sein Lin will donate 50% of proceeds to the Emergency Assistance and Relief Team, which is working with those in Karen State displaced by the recent flooding. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to funding for food and clean water while also buying a unique piece of art. Sein Sein Lin works with batik, watercolor and acrylic to express the quiet beauty and lush growth of rainy season. She is always happy to speak to guests at the exhibition and explain her inspiration. Please feel free to chat with the artist at her show! As usual, Borderline will provide delicious Burmese refreshments from our Tea Garden. We look forward to seeing you this Thursday, August 15th to celebrate Sein Sein Lin’s gorgeous artwork as well as Borderline’s 9 years in Mae Sot!

MY STORY photo project 8

2013 is the eighth year that the MY STORY photo project has exhibited work from its photo workshops at Borderline Gallery. We are excited to welcome work from Nat and Susan Tileston’s students for another year.

This year, workshops were held with Puzzlebox Art Studio & Kick-Start Art staff from Mae Sot; community workers in Pyin Oo Lwin, Burma; women from the Pa-O Women’s Union in Mae Hong Son; and Tibetan refugees at a transit school in McLeodganj, India. You will be astounded by the imagination these students showed. Jack Kerouac, a famous American writer from the 1950s, once told photographer Robert Frank, ‘You got eyes!’. We can say the same for this year’s photographers: ‘They got eyes!’

Please join us for the opening of MY STORY Photo Project 8 on Thursday, April 4th, 6 – 9 pm. We will have delicious refreshments from Borderline’s Tea Garden as usual. The young artists from Mae Sot will be at the exhibition early if you’d like to chat with them.

Prints are for sale, with half the proceeds going to the photographer and half going to the project for the purchase of new cameras.

MY STORY photo project would like to thank the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives for its support of the workshops with Kick-Start Art and the Pa-O Women’s Union. And of course a great big THANKS to the 36 photographers!

WHERE I’M FROM

On Thursday, January 24th, Borderline presents a dual exhibition “Where I’m From,” exploring images from home through photographs of New York by Nancy Chuang and watercolors of Shan State by Ko Aung Latt. This will be the first exhibition at Borderline Gallery for both Nancy Chuang and Ko Aung Latt as featured artists.

Nancy Chuang is a documentary photographer from New York who has lived in Mae Sot since 2010. She shoots all her work on 35mm or medium-format film and processes it herself. She enjoys street and subway photography, and has also worked on projects studying the Burmese Buddhist community in New York and the now-defunct “Shoot the Freak” carnival game in Coney Island. She is best at depicting quirky realism.

Ko Aung Latt is an engineer by trade, but an artist by passion. He travels around Shan State from his native Taunggyi to paint watercolor landscapes from life, spending hours in a single location to get the scene right. Upon retirement in 2009, he established his own gallery in Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake). He aims to show the audience the quiet beauty of everyday Shan life.

The exhibition opens on January 24th from 6-9PM, and runs until February 5th. Delicious refreshments available from Borderline’s Tea Garden as usual. See you there!

OUR MOTHER, OUR LAND

This Thursday December 6th, we will open a new exhibition by member artist Htut Aung. Htut Aung studied at the University of Fine Art in Yangon and worked as an illustrator for many years before moving to Mae Sot. His new exhibition explores the scenes of his homeland and portraits of the beloved Aung San Suu Kyi. Htut Aung’s preferred mediums are oil and acrylic.

The opening will be from 6-9PM this Thursday, with delicious refreshments from the Tea Garden as always. Please feel free to discuss the artworks with Htut Aung and give feedback. The exhibition will last until December 20th.

Thank you, and see you this week at Borderline!