|John B Turner: Nathalie Johnson at the 2012 Pingyao International Photography Festival|
I had the pleasure of meeting Nathalie Johnson at the 2012 Pingyao International Photography Festival where she curated a show of four Myanmar photographers. I knew nothing of photography in Myanmar (formerly Burma) but knew that the country was then run by a military dictatorship. She told me she was off to Myanmar to work with and help their local artists to show and promote their work. These things take time but I have just heard via LinkedIn that she has now managed to establish an art centre, Myanm/art, in their largest city, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), in the south-east. It is located at 98 Bogalay Zay Street, 3rd Floor, Botataung Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
'Myanm/art was originally founded as a platform to aid and contribute to the growing archive of contemporary arts in Myanmar and therefore, the larger map of Southeast Asia. It existed as an exercise of scholarship and archive, of review and editorials. One of the results of the work of Myanmart was MARCA – Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive, an online and physical resource serving the artistic and creative community in Yangon, with pop-ups in Mandalay and Taungyi. MARCA was part of the Mobile Library program orginially founded by Asia Art Archive, and was the 3rd country host ever to have over 400 books on contemporary Asian art.'