PanSuriya Art Post


Pamaa, art video at Pansodan Scene

Clémence B. T. D. Barret is a wiry, dark-haired French woman with strikingly large eyes and a quiet manner. She came to Pansodan Gallery to talk about art and her art video ‘Pamaa’ in particular. The video will be screened at Pansodan Scene on Friday 23 September 2016

The nine pieces of Pamaa are pieces of a puzzle. Each features a different young Shan migrant in Chiang Mai — some anonymised with a false name or face covered — who tells about what it means to be them there now. The work began three years ago, when she first went to Thailand. ‘The process is very slow. I get to know them first. With one, we had a good understanding in one month, that was the fastest. Some to five months of getting to know each other before I started,’ she explained. ‘I got to know many more who declined to participate. They were not comfortable that the video would be shown in Myanmar someday.’

There are no words. They explain the elements of their life as migrants through body language. ‘The body does not lie. Cannot lie. You can learn much more watching someone’s body than listening to their words,’ she says. The lack of words also reflects the voicelessness of the participants. They are invisible in Thai society, in their lives, as well. Clémence described how she was fascinated by watching how becoming visible through this project — being at screenings, having their pictures in magazines — also affected the participants. ‘It was the first time they had shared their story with a stranger. They had time to sit and reflect. Some of them found it liberating.’

Clémence has chosen the medium of video, in which she developed her skills by making documentaries for years before her feeling that she needed more freedom led her to turn her video to art. She has used it, like any artist, to explore something originating in her own experience: Otherness. Living in India, despite being deeply into the community, she also way always unmistakably the other.

‘I use art as a tool to confront viewers with an issue I find important. A possibility to approach it in a alternate way. When you are a migrant or a refugee you experience otherness…. The anti-refugee and anti-migrant rhetoric is the same all over the world. If I did this work in Europe, it would not be much different. Only the appearance of the people would be different. I hope to open some people. It’s a drop in the ocean — but it is very important for me to do work that is meaningful.’

‘The soundtrack is disturbing, on purpose. Some audience members may react badly to it,’ she warned. ‘I am curious to see what happens on Friday.’

Pamaa is part of a series on migrants, 18-12, after the International Migrants Day. You can see more about Clémence Barret on her website at www.clemencebarret.com.

Interview 21 September 2016, with Nance Cunningham.

Pansodan Scene is at the corner of Maha Bandula and Pansodan, 144 Pansodan, on the second floor. Go up the staircase opposite the entrance to the temple. Admission s free, and all are welcome. Screening begins at 19:30, and the director Clémence Barret will be available for questions after the showing.

 



“Pamaa”
11 September 2016, 04:52
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Asia- based French artist Clémence B. T. D. Barret presents Pamaa, a series of 9 videos, which are a collaboration with nine young refugees from Shan State all living in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Pamaa means ‘Burmese’ in Thai .

The videos express fragments of the migratory life of young people who have escaped political persecution, oppression, and bloody ethnic conflict, hoping to find a better life in Thailand. Pamaa questions the notion of survival, but also of discrimination, exploitation, fear, freedom, otherness, and culture shock.

She will be showing at Pansodan Scene on Friday 23 September at 7:30pm

Pansodan Scene

144, 2nd Floor, Pansodan Street (Corner of Mahabandoola Street), Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar

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Full steam ahead
4 July 2016, 13:38
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If no news is good news, then these latest news are great news!

Pansodan Scene has opened up again after a couple of months of renovation.

The month of July also comes with novelty and activity:

1. The first of many more Open History exhibitions kicks off with Kyauktada township.

It takes one small area in the heart of Yangon and traces the passage of time on its streets; from the events, architecture and commerce of daily life in its public spaces, to more personal reflections of changing hopes and dreams through fashions and family life.

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The Open History Project creates experiences of local history through the photographs, memories, stories, documents, and ephemera such as flyers, tickets, maps. Together we can look through the layers of unhidden history and discover connections, insights, new questions. In this way, people participate in their own history by revealing their part in society.

Myanmar’s people had little opportunity to dwell on their own history for many years. While stories have been handed down from generation to generation, propaganda clouded the picture of the past and public memory was forced into hiding.

Change can sometimes move so subtly that you can only see it from a great distance. At other times a flash of transformation can leave the landscape utterly altered overnight.

We hope to show these patterns developing through contemporary photographs and artifacts to give people a richer understanding of their own heritage.

Current and former residents and visitors to Kyauktada are the most important element in this effort and we hope that your memories, photographs and documents can help us paint a vibrant picture of the history of this area.

 

2. Analyzing moments in history rather than just learning about them

Rosalie Metro holds a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University, and she currently works as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri in the USA. She will be having an interesting talk at the Scene on July 9th.

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3. A certain Wabi-Sabi influence in photo-art.

“Some Eyesores Are Sights For Sore Eyes”

There is a lot of photojournalism and photo reportage to see in Yangon but photo art is less explored. As a change, Kwena Chokoe will be putting up roughly 45 analogue photographs taken over a period of 1.5 years in Myanmar. It is both concept and execution that make this body of work artistic.

Show runs from the 15th to the 19th of July. 10am to 6pm from the 16th

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4. Artist feature

One of our most unique resident artist gets compared to one of the most influential, living female artist. Zaw Nyunt Pe’s work can be found at Pansodan Gallery starting from $80 a piece.

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5. Furthering our reach
Pansodan Gallery and Aung Soe Min have been featured in the Dutch newspaper
“De Volkstad” under the “Future Cities” initiative of Stephanie Bakker and Yvonne Brandewijk. Word has gotten around and we have had Dutch visitors come into the gallery after reading the lengthy feature.
Yangon and its most interesting residents are studied to find out what makes it the heart of Burmese art, and what makes them the best channels to propagate and spread the art gospel.
Follow the link below:
6. Signing out
For those that live in Yangon, don’t forget about our Tuesday nights, we are open at Pansodan Gallery every week without fail.
See you with the next batch of good news!


Open History Project: exploring local memory through the lens
4 July 2016, 10:41
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The Open History Project creates experiences of local history through the photographs, memories, stories, documents, and ephemera such as flyers, tickets, maps. Together we can look through the layers of unhidden history and discover connections, insights, new questions. In this way, people participate in their own history by revealing their part in society. Its first exhibition is 4 July 2016 16:00-19:00 at Pansodan Scene.

Pansodan Scene is at Pansodan Scene, ၁၁၄ ပန်းဆိုးတန်း ဒုတိယထပ် (ငါးဘာသာကျောင်းနှင်မျက်နှာချင်းဆိုင်) 144 Pansodan, second floor, across from the gate of the Ganesh Temple
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Our Kyauktada exhibition is the introduction to this Open History Project. It takes one small area in the heart of Yangon and traces the passage of time on its streets; from the events, architecture and commerce of daily life in its public spaces, to more personal reflections of changing hopes and dreams through fashions and family life.     

Experiencing history openly and without fear is an important way for people to understand the past, and provide an insight into the future.  

Myanmar’s people had little opportunity to dwell on their own history for many years. While stories have been handed down from generation to generation, propaganda clouded the picture of the past and public memory was forced into hiding.

Change can sometimes move so subtly that you can only see it from a great distance. At other times a flash of transformation can leave the landscape utterly altered overnight.

We hope to show these patterns developing through contemporary photographs and artifacts to give people a richer understanding of their own heritage.

Current and former residents and visitors to Kyauktada are the most important element in

this effort and we hope that your memories, photographs and documents can help us paint a vibrant picture of the history of this area.

This is the first of many such exhibitions that pay tribute to public memory and local history, and call on everyone to participate in the preservation efforts. We plan to organise a bigger exhibition on Kyauktada Watsonsat multiple galleries later in the year. 

 



Human Rights Tattoo
14 June 2016, 16:10
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Human rights. They are not won or lost — only respected or violated. If you are alive, you have human rights. The right to life is the foundation of them all. Human rights happen in the body and mind of individuals. So shouldn’t you have a piece of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on your very skin? And make a statement about your relation to human rights?

Of course you should. But how? Human Rights Tattoo makes it easy for you. This community art project is tattooing the entire Universal Declaration of Human Rights, letter by letter, onto the bodies of 6773 people. Because, of course, that is the number of letters in the document.

This Friday and Saturday, 17-18 June 2016, the project brings 120 letters to Pansodan Scene. You have a chance to become one too. When you arrive, get a registration card. It will have your letter on it. One of four tattoo artists will ink it in the place of your choice, in one of their catalogue of fonts. A photograph of the tattoo, and a few of your thoughts will be included on the website.

Tattoos are not compulsory. You can come and enjoy it as a community art project and installation, or to egg on your friends.

10:00 – 18:00 at Pansodan Scene, ၁၁၄ ပန်းဆိုးတန်း ဒုတိယထပ် (ငါးဘာသာကျောင်းနှင်မျက်နှာချင်းဆိုင်)

144 Pansodan, second floor, across from the gate of the Ganesh Temple



One Myanmar launch at Pansodan Scene
8 June 2016, 14:29
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The launch of the One Myanmar: The Voices of Change documentary and One Myanmar : The Faces of the Burmese Transition / Les visages de la transition Birmanie book, by Carine Jaquet will take place at 19:00-21:00, 10 June 2016 at Pansodan Scene. All are welcome.

The book exploring the diversity of Myanmar at a moment of history change is in French and English, generously captioned, and features a variety of photographers. One Myanmar will be for sale at Pansodan Gallery from Saturday 11 June 2016.

 

 



Kachin Children’s Paintings, at Pansodan Scene
20 May 2016, 12:59
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Airavati has been working with Kachin chidren who have been displaced by the armed conflict for five years. The organisation has collected over 7000 paintings by the children in camps near the Kachin–Chinese border. Over 150 of these paintings will be exhibited from 21 – 29 May 2016 at Pansodan Scene.

The opening ceremony with light refreshments and a few words by  will be at Pansodan Scene at 3:00pm, all are welcome to attend.

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Kachin Airavati exhibition 2016

Pansodan Scene, ၁၁၄ ပန်းဆိုးတန်း ဒုတိယထပ် (ငါးဘာသာကျောင်းနှင်မျက်နှာချင်းဆိုင်)
144 Pansodan, second floor, stairway entrance across from the gate of the Ganesh Temple; above the Sa Pe Nandaw Bookshop.