PanSuriya Art Post


Dining and Dancing at Pansodan Scene
15 September 2017, 17:25
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An hour and a half of skilled performance and delicious food on the second floor of an 1880s building in the heart of Yangon’s heritage area. Sound good?

Thanakha Media are bringing food and dance to Pansodan Scene. Two dancers will perform a variety of dances, including three traditonal pieces, and two modern ones.

The tradition of pwe performance is very social. Pwe have been around for a very long time, as seen in old paintings and carvings. Audiences are very far from sitting in hushed awe at the dancers and musicians. The pwe audiences enjoy with gusto and familiarity, chatting, eating, and coming and going throughout the night. Here also, a country-style dinner will be served at the performance.

Pansodan Scene is an intimate venue in a heritage building. Beer and wine available in limited quantity.

Contact Ma Aye Aye Khaing (Burmese, English, or Thai) at 09 456 850 730 for more information. Dancers Ma Than Sin and Ko Yan Shin Maung.

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Celebration Friday

Zwe Yan Naing’s work was chosen from over 4000 entries to win the championship in the 2017 International Artist Grand Prize Competition of Art Revolution Taipei.

We have been impressed by his work for years, and to congratulate him on the international recognition — and exhibition in Taipei in 2018 — Pansodan is throwing a party in his honour. All art lovers are welcome to join in Friday evening, 26 May 2017, at Pansodan Scene, from 5:00-8:00.

There will be new works on show at the celebration.

 



Art Aid at Pansodan Scene

We would like to invite everyone to the art auction “No One Left Behind”, an event to gather support and raise funds for people living with HIV. The auction will take place from 18:30 to 20:30 at Pansodan Scene.

The auction will feature works from 13 Myanmar artists including Ko Ko Naing, Zwe Yan Naing, Aung Ko, Aung Htoo, Aye Nyein Myint, Ma Zaw, Min Zaw, Han Tin Swe, Hla Htay, Maung Myint Aung, Min Kyaw Swar, Zaw Nyunt Pe and Zwe Mon.

See more details at the facebook invitation page.

Pansodan Scene, ၁၁၄ ပန်းဆိုးတန်း ဒုတိယထပ် (ငါးဘာသာကျောင်းနှင်မျက်နှာချင်းဆိုင်)
144 Pansodan, second floor, across from the gate of the Ganesh Temple.

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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.