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We have decided to be open by appointment only for Thingyan this year. We will be nearby, though, so can even get you close to some art on short notice, just call Ko Aung at 095 13 08 46. Meanwhile, I am enjoying my time messing with my inks and papers. Thanks to everyone who has been so kind as to bring me some special paper or ink over the years. They make me very happy.
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Pansodan Gallery has a new product out. Blank books that are good for drafting and writing, doodling and drawing. They are on sale for $1 or 1500ks a piece. The pages are of high quality Japanese paper. The covers come in a variety of Burmese reference material.
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Pansodan Scene is proud to be hosting Zwe Yan Naing’s fourth solo exhibition.
For those of you that don’t know him, ZYN is a promising art talent. He has become very well known and favoured among curators, collectors and the art-buying public locally and abroad.
“A Moment Suspended In Time” is the title of his solo.
Come by between 10 am to 6 pm from April 2nd to April 6th 2016.
Pansodan Scene also serves quality coffee and fruit juice.
Filed under: art and ideas | Tags: myanmar, Pansodan Scene, psychology, Su Su Maung, trauma
Su Su Maung is a practicing psychologist with an interest in trauma. She has some ideas about the tendency for hero-worship and then for a backlash and condemnation in Burmese culture. She finds the root of these in trauma. She will talk about about healthy and unhealthy reactions in a talk called: Splitting in Myanmar’s Psyche: Intergenerational and Collective Trauma.
The talk will be Sunday, 3 April 2016, at 2:00 at Pansodan Scene (second floor) 144 Pansodan, corner of Pansodan and Maha Bandoola. ၁၁၄ ပန်းဆိုးတန်း ဒုတိယထပ် (ငါးဘာသာကျောင်းနှင့် မျက်နှာချင်းဆိုင်) across from the gate of the Ganesh Temple. There is nothing on the ground floor, a bookshop on the first floor, and we are on the second floor.
Su Su Maung will be happy to answer questions and discuss further after the presentation. The talk will be in English; discussion can be in Burmese or English.
You can find more of her work HERE.
At Pansodan Scene you can get espresso drinks and natural sodas, daily 10-6 as well as the day of the talk.
Catherine Griss is a sensitive street photographer who lives and works in Paris.
After photographing the ruins of french colonial power in Cambodia (devastated villas in Kampot, Kep )and Senegal, she decided to come to Burma and mainly Yangon because of its British colonial style heritage and because of this special time of emerging democracy in a world of increasing globalisation.
After great travellers like Rudyard Kipling, Pierre Loti, Pablo Neruda, she first visited the country as a traveller in 1997. But she returned in 2011 and then again in 2012 with the intention of photographing and framing the transition. She is currently in her third photographic visit.
The theme of this exhibition is the old world’s presence in the beginning of a new world. There are three main chapters. The first is the Evolution of Yangon, the walls of old and new buildings, river banks and lifestyles.
In The Golden Pagodas (from the French Writer Pierre Loti novel), rather than the architecture, she focused on the people who visited the pagodas, taking time out to find peace in the golden halls of Shwedagon.
The Readers documents the Myanmar people’s love for reading, walking through downtown, she noticed many people catching up with news or getting lost in a book. This culture seems to be vanishing with the advent of mobile phones.
Filed under: art and ideas | Tags: architecture, heritage, Pansodan Scene, Timothy J Webster, Virginia Henderson, Yangon, Yangon Echoes
There Might Be a Good Story Behind This Building
An interview with Virginia Henderson and Tim Webster by Nance Cunningham Virginia Henderson and Tim Webster’s book, Yangon Echoes, does not highlight the grandest, best preserved examples of Yangon’s heritage buildings. Nor the humblest, most fragile ones. Nor the mixed and smudged range from Strand Hotel to dangerous heap. While architectural heritage is the theme of their book, the people are its centre. That said, the photographs of the buildings as well as the people are fascinating as well. To make the book, they crept down hallways, peered around corners, knocked on the doors of strangers. Virginia: A few people thought we were developers at first. Some people didn’t want to talk, but most did, and even the ones who didn’t would usually invite us in for tea.
We live downtown, and that was key. We cycle around, people see us in their streets. Some people were cautious about sharing their stories. We respect that. We visited everyone in the book multiple times, we got to know them all. Some of them we still see. It was about letting people have their say. Tim: Speaking to old people, because of the paucity of research, was invaluable. All that knowledge is in people’s heads. It’s subjective, but the information is there.
V: The older people who have the memories were really pleased when they realised what we were up to. People keep getting diverted by the buildings — they want to put a plaque on something — but the intangible is important. They were pleased to share their knowledge, they knew it was valuable for the people. T: Sometimes you get a really different view of history. Rather than hering again about Aung San being shot, we heard the story of a girl who was at school nearby, who heard the shots. We heard about her being taken by the hand and walking all the way home, through the grounds of the Shwe Dagon.
Tim and Virginia will give a talk about the making of their book, including showing images that could not fit in the book, at 15:00 on Sunday 24 May 2015, at Pansodan Scene. Pansodan Scene, 144 Pansodan, second floor (at the corner of Maha Bandula and Pansodan, entrance to the staircase is opposite the entrance to the temple). All photos courtesy of Timothy J Webster