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Our3Q – Pansodan, Myanmar

Aung Soe Min, Inkie Thumb – founders of Pansodan, Art gallery which supports local artists and builds a community of people interested in art.


Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?

That we have this gallery. Actually at the beginning it supposed to be a school, we really wanted to open a language school. We were saving money for the building for long time and once we bought it… we looked at our flat and it was full of paintings. We used to buy a lot of them from painters who needed extra money. We had a house so full of painting that we not only couldn’t hang them all but there were places where we had to go sideways through our house. So when we got the place and started to think what we want do, we thought maybe we should open an art gallery and have a room in the back to use as school, which actually never happen. But it’s great! 


Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?

The biggest problems are not enough time and not enough money. Or, put it another way, too many ideas.  


Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?

We want to open a museum. We have lots of interesting books we want to publish. And still we want to open the school. We need people who share our vision and want to join us.  


Would you like to add something more?

What we’ve learned during our long way running this place… First of all, don’t expect things go right on the first time or even the second. That’s the problem, people think really carefully and then try to realize that it doesn’t work. There are some people who will go on and do it again but most people will decide to do something else. It’s like geography, things look a certain way on the point you are starting from and you do all your plans and then you go further and you realize there is a crater you have to cross which you haven’t seen from the place you stood before. So you have to review things from where you are. And other thing that people do is that they try to work on something hard and they try for 12-14 hours per day and that’s great, wonderful and they can do a lot, but it’s really important to leave time for your own creativity. You need time to do really low key stuff to let your mind regenerate. Foreigners for holiday want to go somewhere to take rest. Burmese people will go for meditation, they need mental renewal. And this is probably the best way to do it, to rebuild it. 


The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.


Yangon, Myanmar, 7th May 2016

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