PanSuriya Art Post


An Afternoon at the “Doctor’s Office”

I had heard about Abby Robinson’s body imaging project and knew that I wanted to go check it out, both to get photographed and to see what others had chosen to photograph of themselves. I was curious to see what patterns would emerge in the choices people made about showing off their bodies, especially in such a public place.

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I stopped by Pansuriya early in the afternoon and was quickly handed a clipboard to fill out by the attendant “nurse”. The form asked me basic questions, including my preferred name and email address, before asking several questions about how many times I had been photographed recently and how I felt about being photographed.

I was told that there were several people ahead of me in line, and so I ordered lunch while I waited and checked out the wall displaying the photographs taken so far. Many people had chosen parts of their faces; features that they are already used to showing to the world. A few people had chosen their hands, posing them to accentuate the fingers or wrists. Occasionally, people had photographed an interesting piercing or tattoo, choosing to display the various ways that they had modified their bodies.

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I was soon called into the “office”: an area separated from the restaurant by several white sheets. I handed my clipboard to Abby, dressed in a doctor’s white coat, and we discussed what body part I wanted photographed. I chose my left shoulder, which is covered with a smattering of dark freckles, and Abby led me into another ‘room’, which was set up as a studio. She adjusted the lighting and fiddled with her camera, angling for a more high-contrast shot. The results were automatically uploaded to her computer, where she was able to skillfully edit them as I watched. The photos were then printed onto two sheets, which Abby placed into lanyards. One, I got to keep, but the other I taped onto the wall, where it is hanging amidst a growing constellation of other people’s chosen body parts.

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Body Imaging at Pansuriya
20 July 2017, 18:13
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Abby Robinson lives in NYC and teaches at the School of Visual Arts (NYC) in both the BFA Photography & Video and Graphic Design & Advertising Departments. Once upon a time she worked for a detective and, slippery, mysterious stuff continues to inform her photographs.

Robinson, who likes to stare and to travel, has had many of her projects have been done with the help of grants from the Asian Cultural Council, the Fulbright Program, the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies, the Siskind Foundation, the Art Production Fund, and New York Foundation of the Arts. There have been shows in the US and abroad and she’s been fortunate to have also had a number of terrific residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, VCCA, Light Works, Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic), Three Shadows (Beijing) and New Zero Art Space (Yangon). Her photos are in the collections of The Whitney Museum (NYC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), and Light Works (Syracuse, NY).

Abby Robinson’s first body imaging project started in 2009 at a home-based installation in Manhattan, then travelled in 2010 to Shanghai, was seen again in 2012 in New York, turned up in 2013 in Las Vegas, came back in 2014 to Brooklyn and visited Budapest, Hungary in 2016. 2017 is for Yangon!

When:
• From 20th of July to 2nd of August
• Weekdays : 12 pm – 2 pm & 6:30pm – 9pm
• Weekends : 11 am – 2 pm & 4 pm – 8 pm

How:
• Have a seat in the waiting room
• Fill out a questionnaire
• Consult in the office about the body part you want to be photographed
• Step into the studio for a quick photo shoot

Diagnosis :
• Receive a free VIP Badge with your photograph

Pansuriya is at 102 Bogalay Zay Street, between the Secretariat and the river.

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David Richards in Yangon
21 January 2017, 18:16
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David Richards Solo Exhibition, 15-23 February 2017 at Pansodan Scene, corner of Maha Bandula and Pansodan, second floor. All are welcome to the opening on 15 February, from 18:00.

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David Richards 2016

David Richards has another watercolour exhibition coming up in February, featuring mainly paintings from the new direction he has been exploring in the past half year. He is including more abstraction in his recent paintings, though some are still colourful, some use a very restricted colour palette. Many of them still revolve around his favoured themes: the design of architecture, the beauty of women, the conviviality of cafe scenes, the landscapes of South-east Asia.

He likes to play the fluidity of watercolour off the rigidity of the lines and patterns of buildings, windows, leaves, or graphic elements he inserts. He is afraid that older buildings may be erased from Yangon, and would like to increase appreciation for them, by making portraits of them. When painting the buildings, he does not reproduce their current state, but enters into an imaginative collaboration with the architect and the city, painting them as he would like to see them, in their prime, whether somewhat battered or freshly painted, though not sterilised.

David Richards’ work is clean-lined and carefully composed. Only recently has been been trying to expand his boundaries into directions more experimental for him. This show will feature a mix of his established style and his new explorations.

Pansodan Scene is on the second floor; the entrance to the staircase is just opposite the gate to the temple. There is nothing on the ground floor, a bookshop on the first floor, and the gallery on the second floor. After the opening night, the exhibition will be open from 10:00 – 18:00.

David Richards was interviewed for this article 13 January 2017 by Lilly Seiler

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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.

 



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.

 

 



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.



Pansodan Gallery loans paintings for a German premier exhibition on Myanmar
`Making of` - source: www.myanmehr.com

`Making of` – source: http://www.myanmehr.com

The Linden Museum of Stuttgart, Germany is one of the most significant Ethnographic Museums in Europe. Dr. Georg Noack, a specialist of South and Southeast Asia is the curator of an outstanding upcoming exhibition about Myanmar. The `Myanmar: Golden Land` exhibition opening on October 18, 2014 will focus on a global view about the cultural scene outlining the Buddhist aspect of everyday life.

Zaw Nyunt Pe: bstract (Meditation)

Zaw Nyunt Pe: Abstract (Meditation)

Buddha images from 14th century, antique ceramics from Bago, jewels, old puppets, instruments are only a few of the wonderful selection of objects to be on display for more than six months! The Linden Museum has one of the most important Myanmar related collections in Europe, hence a considerable part of the exhibition comes from the Museum. Besides several loaners, as the Yangon Film School who has cooperated to the exhibition providing documentary films, no else than the Pansodan Gallery has  contributed to the exhibition loaning all together 9 artworks – 6 paintings and 3 paper works for the exhibition.

Artists Ekaza Cho, Soe Naing, Kaung Kyaw Khine, Nay Aung Shu, Sein Myint, Thein Thein, Zaw Nyunt Pe, and Yè Min are to be featured in Stuttgart. The exhibition will have numerous extra programs along the months, as guided tours, roundtables, film projections. Don`t miss the exhibition if you are in Germany! More information: www.lindenmuseum.de and www.myanmehr.com. The exhibition is open from October 18, 2014 – May 17, 2015.