PanSuriya Art Post

Aung Khaing’s Nats on Canvas

A new exhibition of U Aung Khaing’s work, စုတ်ချက်ရောင်စုံပေါ်က မြန်မာနတ်များ (Myanmar title: Myanmar nats on brushstrokes of colour) draws on the legends of the spirits of Ko Gyi Kyaw by Aung Khaingthe Irrawaddy plains, called nats in Burmese. U Aung Khaing’s allusive style suits the subject. The paintings of the 37 nats draw on the temple wall-painting style of centuries ago, with the dark outlines of their features sometimes nearly getting lost in the free washes of the backgrounds. 

Aung Khaing Min Maha GiriThe opening day included a hsaing waing as well as a great crowd. The show continues until 26 September 2014, at Pansodan Scene, open 10:00 – 18:00.

Read a lovely interview with him in the Irrawaddy.

Aung Khaing Maung Po Tu

Art makes experience visible

Images of Conflict, Impressions of Peace, a collaboration of Pansodan with the British Council, begins today at the British Council in Yangon. [Results are now online.]

The new stakes in Myanmar in 2012 bring new opportunities, and the changing context calls for a multifaceted approach to understanding conflict and creating a platform for peace. The peace processes in Myanmar have become a public issue. Thus the entire citizenry should be included in building a just and sustainable peace. Creating peace should not be the rôle of the élite alone; any thoughtful person can explore ways to approach conflict and violence, and create initiatives for peace.

Pansodan Art Gallery is participating by initiating a project which seeks to assist in  understanding conflict and developing cultural approaches to peace, and to create culturally appropriate interventions and strategies. We are very happy to welcome Guatemalan artist and activist Delia Maria Davila is bringing her experience to Burma for this time, which has turned into an even more conflict-filled time than anticipated when the programme was conceived.

Visual arts can be a powerful vehicle for dialogue on and transmission of personal experiences and stories, while also creating an open space for interaction for communities to freely interact and express their concerns and experiences, especially in fragile situations Myanmar is now facing. Art makes experience visible.

Sound too abstract? Stop by Pansodan Art Gallery to join the conversation.

High time for Myint Soe

Ko Myint Soe has been drawing and painting since he was in middle school. He has been developing his own vision in the intervening years, and now he’s ready to show it to the world. Exhibition at Pansodan Gallery starts on May Day and runs through 5 May 2012, during the usual hours, 10-6, but also with the usual arty party with fantastic snacks and conversation on Tuesday night.