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FUTURE CITIES

Embracing grassroots creativity

FUTURE CITIES

Pansodan Street, Yangon images © Future Cities

THE RISE OF EMERGING CITIES The world has heard enough about booming megacities like Shanghai and Mumbai. Our hunches led us to Kinshasa, Lima, and Yangon – three examples of cities escaping poverty, armed conflict or political censorship to embrace their grassroots creativity. Pansodan Gallery is housed on the second and third floor of an old colonial building in the heart of Yangon, the biggest city in Myanmar. The paint is peeling, the walls are full of paintings, prints, and photos and the windows are wide open - it is as if you are standing right next to the throbbing busses in the street below. There is no air-conditioning, and that is a conscious decision. ‘Otherwise, the Burmese would think it’s a place for foreigners’, Aung Soe Min says. The owner of the

first Burmese gallery for modern art explains how the country’s socialist leaders cracked down on art. Now, after fifty years of suppression, he believes that the time has come when art should be for everyone again. ‘Art helps us come together,’ Aung says, ‘capitalism with its winner-takes-all mentality just widens the gap.’ The moment we hear him say this, we light up inside - we’ve found another main character for our web documentary! >>

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