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Artists Beyond Boundaries
19 June 2017, 20:27
Filed under: art and ideas, exhibit, workshop

From June 20-29 there will be a series of free workshops and lectures at Pansodan Scene, through Artists Beyond Boundaries. All are welcome to join. Check the website for exact schedule. The closing exhibition will be on Thursday 29 June.


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

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.


Carte Blanche
11 April 2016, 13:17
Filed under: art and ideas

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.arttonic promotion social media

Psychology at Pansodan Scene
29 March 2016, 20:26
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Zwe Yan Naing, 2016

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.

Zwe Yan Naing schoolgirl.jpgSu 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.

Yangon Echoes at Pansodan Scene

There Might Be a Good Story Behind This Building

An interview with Virginia Henderson and Tim Webster by Nance CunninghamWebster Yangon Echoes 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.

U Khin Sein in the second floor lounge with his protégé, Aung San. The former tailor has lived here six decades

U Khin Sein in the second floor lounge with his protégé, Aung San. The former tailor has lived here six decades. Photo by TJ Webster

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.

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Image from Introduction to YANGON ECHOES: The construction of the flyover at Shwe Gon Daing, August 2013. Photo by TJ Webster

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.

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Ground Zero: Daw Shwe Yin keeps track of family memories in 50th Street. Photo by TJ Webster

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

Remodelling the Past : Historian Kirichenko

There will be talk by Alexey Kirichenko at Pansodan Scene on 3 March 2015. Dr Kirichenko’s extensive research in palm-leaf manuscripts and other primary sources has turned up a wealth of insights into history.

Remembering and Remodelling of Local Past in Buddhist Sites of Upper Myanmar (Talk will be in Burmese language)

အထက္ျမန္မာျပည္ ဘုရားျပဳျပင္ေရးတြင္ အရပ္ေဒသ သမိုင္း၊ နားလည္မႈႏွင့္ သမိုင္းပံုစံသစ္ ေဖာ္ထုတ္ျခင္း
Dr. Alexey Kirichenko (ျမင့္လြင္)
ေမာ္စကို အစိုးရတကၠသိုလ္၊ ႐ုရွား။
3 March 2015 (Tuesday)
5 – 7 pm
Pansodan Scene စာပေ လောက (၅) အပေါ် ထပ်
144, 2nd Floor, Pansodan Street, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, (corner of Maha Bandoola and Pansodan, entrance to stairwell opposite entrance to temple)

Join the next Let’s Speak Art on December 8 about the Art Market: with and without…

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 Pansodan Scene 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.

LSA # 3 - The art market - With and without on Monday 8 December 2014

LSA # 3 – The art market – With and without on Monday 8 December 2014