32-year-old artist Thazin Nyunt Aung, by most of her fans simply known as Thazin, has had a busy month. Half of hip-hop duo Y.A.K – “Yangon Always Kingdom” – Thazin Nyunt Aung and her partner Aye Aye Aung, have been performing nonstop. But this could be over soon, as the women of Y.A.K move on to other things in the beginning of next year.
Though Pyin Oo Lwin is well known abroad as a tourist destination adorned with flower gardens and waterfalls, the town, much like it’s neighbour to west – Mandalay –is its own hub of arts and culture.
From the sushi-burrito to Korean barbecue tacos, “fusion food” – combining two or more different cuisines – has whetted many appetites in its rise over the past decade. Though it's often associated with the West, “fusion food” is a global phenomenon – take a tea lef and chocolate combination, the creation of chef de partie at Hilton Ngapali Resort & Spa, Chef Moh Moh.
Documentary filmmaking is often a one-off job. You film, connect with a community, and move on to the next fascination. But for filmmakers, James Holman Alex Pasquini, and skater, Ali Drummond, who first came to Yangon in 2009, filmmaking was just the beginning of what has grown into a full-on movement to support the city’s up-and-coming skateboarding community.
The title of Ahla Thit Gallery’s new exhibit – “Nexus” – is very fitting. “Nexus” is a collaboration between Aung Aung Taik and Nandar Maung – two very different artists who developed their craft in two very different worlds.