A collective dedicated to local arts promotion and development in Yangon.

Born out of collaboration between artists, performers, and cultural and media sector professionals, we work on creative events and arts education programmes as a contribution to Yangon’s Arts and Culture development.

WHAT IS PYINSA RASA?

Pyinsa Rasa is:

WATHANN FILM INSTITUTE | Film Training and Festival
JAM IT! | Independent Music Platform
MYANMAR DEITTA | Photography Gallery and Training Space
MYANM/ART | Contemporary Art Space
THE ROUGH CUT | Cafe and Art Space

Through our extensive, collaborative network of Myanmar and international artists and institutions, Pyinsa Rasa offers the Yangon community a rich and varied programme of arts initiatives; from music and performance to film, photography, visual arts and literature.

CREATIVE SPACES IN YANGON

Yangon has experienced significant growth over the last six years. The city is developing both physically and culturally and more and more facilities are emerging to cater to the demands of a rapidly modernising urban centre. However, there is still a real void of creative spaces dedicated to artists and their audiences.

Unlike other major cities in the region there is still no major, independent, public space where artists can feel free to create, and where the public can participate in these acts of creation. The current lack of affordable spaces for those working in creative media, limited access to equipment and education, and inadequate infrastructure for independent artists all contribute to a situation where Yangon’s huge creative potential is not being fully realised.

Arts collective Pyinsa Rasa is proposing the creation of a new public space dedicated to artists for the benefit of Yangon’s inhabitants and the increasing number of visitors to the city; a space for learning, growing and expressing through interactive and multi-channel workshops, collaborations, platforms, exhibitions and events.

THE ART SPACE PROJECT

Pyinsa Rasa intends to create a new collaborative platform for its diverse programming – a multipurpose exhibition, events and education centre.

We are currently seeking a permanent space to incorporate all of our respective cultural platforms, one able to simultaneously support programmes in film, art, photography, music, literature and events in Yangon; a multipurpose cultural space for Myanmar artists to explore and showcase their work, a gathering space for communities and an environment for creative education.

We envision a space for free expression and exchange of ideas, methods and mediums where the public are able to enjoy and immerse themselves in the creative capacities of Myanmar artists.

FOUNDERS

THAIDDHI

Thaiddhi is a freelance filmmaker working on documentary and short narrative films; he has made films for local and international NGOs in locations all over Myanmar and studied cinematography at FAMU Film School in Prague, Czech Republic. His directorial debut “Awake” won FAMU International Film award in 2009. In 2010, Thaiddhi founded the first Myanmar film festival, Wathann, with his partner Thu Thu Shein. They then went on to found their own production company, Third Floor Production, which provides filming services to local and international organizations and works on the development of local indie filmmakers.

THU THU SHEIN

Thu Thu Shein is a graduate of the National University of Arts and Culture’s Cinema and Drama course and joined Yangon Film School in 2005. Her directorial debut “A Million Threads” won the Heinrich Boell Foundation Documentary Award in 2007. She has since worked as either director or cinematographer on a number of productions. In 2009, she received a scholarship to attend FAMU International Academy Program and is the the co-founder of both the Wathann Film Festival and Third Floor Production.

YU YU MYINT THAN

Yu Yu Myint Than is a Myanmar photographer based in Yangon. She has studied taken part in photography programmes across Southeast Asia, including training at the prestigious Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Yu Yu worked as a staff photographer at The Myanmar Times before joining Myanmar Deitta where she works on developing educational programming. She is currently a scholarship recipient for the Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program taught out of New York and the Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass organised by Obscura Photo Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

EAIDDHI

Eaiddhi’s music career has included time with punk band No U Turn, hardcore outfit Married for the Pain and indie-rock group Side Effect, with whom he toured in Europe and played the legendary SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Eaiddhi works as a freelance sound engineer, mixing studio recordings as well as producing sound design for documentary films. In 2012 he founded Jam It! with long-time collaborator Ye Ngwe Soe as a platform to promote new underground music in Myanmar.

YE NGWE SOE

Ye Ngwe Soe began playing music in 2002 as lead singer and guitarist of punk band No U Turn. After more than 12 years together the band remains one of the biggest punk acts in Myanmar. For a short time in 2012 Ye Ngwe Soe teamed up with d-beat crustcore band Kultureshock, helping them to release their first demo, and has also worked on numerous cross-genre collaborations, most famously with Burmese hip-hop heavyweight J-Me. In 2012 he teamed up with long-time friend and musical collaborator Eaiddhi to found Jam It! as a platform to promote new underground music in Myanmar.

MATT GRACE

Matt Grace is a British photographer based in Yangon and founder of Myanmar Deitta, a non-profit organization that works to develop resources for local photographers and filmmakers. He studied Photojournalism at the London College of Communication and worked as a press photographer in the UK before moving to Yangon at the beginning of 2010. In 2013 he founded Myanmar Deitta, which manages a the only dedicated photography gallery and library in Myanmar, and works on developing documentary media projects and educational programmes.

NATHALIE JOHNSTON

Nathalie Johnston recently founded Myanm/art, an exhibition space, gallery and reading room, in order to further investigate contemporary Myanmar art, assist in collaborations between creative fields in Yangon and other international cities, and promote artists and their work to a local and international audience. She began her work in Myanmar in 2009, completed her MA thesis on the evolution of performance art in Myanmar in 2010, and has organized numerous projects since, including 7000 Padauk, Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA), TS1 Yangon and Mobile Library Myanmar.

ELODIE SOBCZAK

Elodie Sobczak has worked with numerous international cultural institutions including the Cinema Department of the French Embassy in New York, the San Francisco International Film Festival and film distribution company Wild Bunch. Elodie is currently Designer and Communication Officer for the French Institute in Yangon where she has been involved with major cultural events such as Mingalabar Festival and Yangon Photo Festival. She is also Events Manager at The Rough Cut where she focuses on events promoting emerging local talents.

BEN WHITE

Formerly working for the Myanmar Times and later the International Labour Organisation, Ben’s current work focuses on arts and culture development and the promotion of creative media and performance. In 2015 he founded cafe and art space The Rough Cut in Yangon, which has been instrumental in providing a much-needed venue for musicians, photographers, street artists and poets, as well as an increasingly popular addition to Yangon’s social scene both for residents and visitors to Yangon.

CONTACT US

 

 

contact@pyinsarasa.com