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The next session of Pansodan Scene’s art talk series, Let’s Speak Art will be held on Monday 8 December, 2014 at Pansodan Scene, between 6.30 and 8 p.m.
The topic for the third event will be The art market – with and without. We will see how the contemporary art market works, the advantages and the disadvantages if there are, and of course, see how the Myanmar art market connects to the international one. During the talk, there will also be a possibility to have access to the answers of the question ‘posted’ in the wishbox during the previous sessions.
Just bring a pen to write yours down! Free entrance.
Let’s Speak Art #3 | The art market – With and without
2 nd Floor, 144 Pansodan Street, Kyauktada, Yangon. The entrance to the staircase is in front of the temple’s entrance, almost on the corner of Pansodan and Mahabandoola streets.
Pansodan Scene, the ‘sister space’ of Pansodan Gallery started a new series of events at the end of November named Docs & Talks. The second screening partners with the We Women Foundation.
Pansodan Scene started its screening event, Docs & Talks on November 26, 2014 sharing the pleasure to watch documentary and experimental films, to talk about them and to meet the people behind the films. The Docs & Talks series wishes to remain open to various fields within the documentary and experimental genre with an objective to help the films reach a larger audience and allow the exchange of ideas around the different topics raised by the screenings. It is not the first time that Pansodan Scene will host screenings nor talks with filmmakers: Pansodan Scene’s choice to start the Docs & Talks events is to provide the opportunity to watch thought-provoking creations on a regular basis.
Emerging Women of Burma
The Pansodan Docs & Talks has chosen to show for its second screening a film made by We Women, an organisation dedicated to empowering women from the marginalized communities of Burma by providing professional and educational opportunities. The foundation builds capacity so that women are enabled to make and influence policy decisions instead of outsiders.
Emerging Women of Burma is based on an important question raised by the foundation: ‘what are the benefits for Burma as a fragile society for women to enjoy intellectual and academic freedom?’. The film explores hence the development and achievements of a number of women in Myanmar of distinctly different backgrounds, ethnicities and achievements who have all been nominated by their communities or their colleagues as emerging leaders. These are women who have achieved against the odds, who have stood up for what they believe in regardless of the risks to themselves. The film is founded on a number of interviews with these women about those who inspired or motivated them and what they see in the future for Myanmar. The film follows them in their daily lives allowing a deeper insight of the challenges they face. As part of the struggle of Burmese women for example is the traditional stereotypical role in which the society places them. The film shows the viewer the daily life of these women within this traditional context.
The second Docs & Talks will be organized on Wednesday 3 December, 2014 at Pansodan Scene. The doors are open from 6 p.m., the entrance is free. The screening will be followed by a session of questions and answers. The film is about 60 minutes, in English.
About the We Women Foundation
The We Women Foundation came to life in December 2009, founded by Ursula Cats, a Dutch anthropologist and drama therapist. With her history as a human rights activist and deep passion for the people of Myanmar, it was a logical step for Ms Cats to commit herself to working with the most vulnerable individuals within the current situation in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Research that Ms Cats conducted for the completion of her Master’s degree at the VU University in Amsterdam was the direct cause for the founding of the WW organization. This research focused on the living conditions of women in the refugee communities in the Thai province of Chiang Mai; specifically Shan women. The results showed that women are highly motivated to fight for equal rights and for the empowerment of women, as well as for the entire Myanmar community. The women described education and opportunities to learn as important tools of empowerment and a future aspiration. The results of this study were the vehicle which resulted the We Women Foundation.
More about the organisation: www.wewomenfoundation.org
‘Eain Aye Kyaw does not paint by theory. He paints freely as he desires, influenced by the tempest of his emotions, not thinking of how his work might be analysed,’ states the long cover story article published in one of the Pansodan Journals of October 2013, a little more than a year ago.
‘When I come across pieces made by my favourite artists, I look at them until I get my fill. I like them so much. If I am painting something, I stay away from other people’s pictures; I am afraid of my own style disappearing’, said Eain Aye Kyaw at that time. The young artist who graduated at the beginning of the millennium from the State School of Fine Art had his first solo show at Lokanat Galleries in 2005.
Eain Aye Kyaw joined Pansodan’s Team in 2009, his second solo exhibition was held at there in 2011. ‘He came to the Gallery to show his works to me. I recognized his talent at first sight, his use of intensive colours to shade and nuance his compositions created a fascinating contrast,’ remembers Aung Soe Min, owner of Pansodan Gallery.
Eain Aye Kyaw passed away at the age of 33, suddenly, unexpectedly on November 12, 2014. The attention around his work was strongly growing these days, he was looking ahead a promising future. As a painter, the works he left behind, his enchanting colour and shape palette will help us remember his talent, and through them, visualize the unusual artist he was.
Han Tin Swe uses a so definite visual language that it is hard not to recognize his works from far away.One of his most recent works is however quite particular as instead of opening the perspective and enable a large horizon within the composition, it shows a strongly vertical disposition of the elements. The main motive is located in the central part of the foreground. An immense well, seemingly playing a central part in the people’s life living nearby. The intense use of different shades of blue, the stylized vegetation, the shapes alluding to small clouds allows the picture a fairy atmosphere as if the spectator was witnessing a scene of a tale for children.
The square painting reflects a somewhat distorted perspective, not an unusual element on Aung Ko’s works.
In a simple landscape carrying rather neutral colours, an extremely long roof structure heads from the right lower part of the canvas towards the focus-point, escalating even through a white stone fence. Before taking a 9o°C turn in the direction of the background to disappear behind the horizon, the line assembles into a small square structure supporting itself a complex roof construction. Some green bushes appear here and there cooling the burning atmosphere of reds and light oranges, but it is the shade under the architectural element that promises a true rest. The quiet and calm emanating from the work surely smooths a too vibrant space!
The series ‘About and Around Art’ was started in October as a new regular program offering the possibility of friendly gatherings to talk about art theory and techniques. The idea, conceived by Borbála Kálmán, a Hungarian art historian living in Yangon since early 2014, is to provide regular sessions where artists, art lovers, actors of the art scene can share ideas around a specific topic for each session. The ‘art history club’ would like to focus on issues around the contemporary art scene but also provide some background information on earlier art tendencies. Hence, the talks would help discover the different cultural contexts which have brought to life such movements as Surrealism, Cubism or given birth to the first conscious Abstract art works. For each occasion, an interesting visual material is projected to illustrate the topics. The ‘Let’s Speak Art’ sessions is organized in association with Myannmar Art Resource Centre and Archive (MARCA), a young project dedicated to collect and digitize documents and books from the Asian art scene with a particular focus on Myanmar. For each ‘Let’s Speak Art!’ session, some books related to the current topic are chosen and brought along for the audience to discover them at Pansodan Scene. During each event, questions placed in the ‘wishbox’ are answered. So don’t forget to bring a pen to write down yours! Free entrance.
Check also the Mobile Library program started in November: