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Interview with Ivan Pun

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Interview with Ivan Pun

 

How did the name “Transit Shed No.1” come about?

We adopted the name already written on the building. Transit Shed No. 1 (or TS.1) is the assigned name of the warehouse on the Yangon river docks where we are located. On the jetty, there are tens of warehouses all assigned a number, where shipments from the Ayeyarwaddy River to the Andaman Sea are loaded and stored. We decided to adapt the name to TS.1 as a nod to New York City’s contemporary art museum, PS.1. 

What was your inspiration to set up TS1 Yangon? 

Yangon is changing very quickly, and its debut on the international stage is steeped in politics, economics and social stigmas. In addition, older and younger generations in Yangon appreciate the vibrancy of contemporary style concepts and artistic experimentation. TS1 Yangon wants to bring the international and local attention to the role which visual art, music, fashion, and design plays in such a transitional period. 

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Installation view of TS.1

What is the Project’s vision or mission today? What or how does it hope to change or affect the local community?

More than anything, TS1 Yangon hopes to be a space for people in Myanmar to gather and experience visual culture. As a physical space, occupying a shed on a river port, we provide a window into what Yangon could be as it develops into a 21st century city. As a cultural space, we run free public programming and workshops, host concerts, and exhibit artists from Myanmar. As a community space, we address some of the everyday needs of the jetty itself, like security, garbage disposal, and conversations with people working on the jetty, asking about how we might be able to positively improve or impact our neighbourhood.

The modus operandi of the Project reminds one of a kunsthalle usually found in Europe, would you cite that as an influence? 

TS1 Yangon is certainly pulling influences from various international institutions, which do not exist on a large scale in Myanmar. The Kunsthalle is a great example of the combined efforts of gallery, museum, and educational space and we certainly aspire to take on the responsibilities of these roles. 

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Installation view of TS.1 

What has been the most challenging project so far? And what exciting projects can we expect to see in the near future?

We are a small group of young people who see our project as an integral part of the development and acceptance of Yangon as an international city. The biggest challenge has been to convince others our vision has a positive impact on the community and the city as a whole. We support artists and their exhibitions, we are located in a working port of Yangon, we bring stylized and carefully curated retail experiences to the public, and ultimately our goal is show our love and respect for a city now entering the global conversation. 

Future projects include an experimental music concert, with artists from Myanmar as well as international visitors, and a fashion retail salon featuring an edit of young international designers, as well as art classes, poetry events and exhibitions. 

 

 


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