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Judith Sinnamon: Yangon Downtown

Take a peek at a city in transition.
By Molly Glassey
November 30, 2015
By Molly Glassey
November 30, 2015

Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar and the subject of Judith Sinnamon's latest exhibition. In her collection of works, she explores the current, changing people and scapes of this city.

"Yangon is a city in transition,"says Sinnamon of the place she has been living and painting in this year. Indeed, its population is one facing poverty, and the city itself is experiencing a tidal wave of  consumerist culture. Sinnamon lists teenagers with sparkly t-shirts featuring English slogans, monks with Samsung Galaxy phones and the recent opening of the first KFC as the telltale signs of western influence in the air.

In her collection of pieces, she exposes the stories that pass through her everyday life, specifically those of the women who shared her street. She even invited some of the women to her apartment to sit for portraits, with some turning up proudly in traditional Burmese clothing and others in work clothes.

Judith Simmon's exhibition beautifully combines the subjects of portrait, still life and the stories from a city experiencing change. The exhibition runs from 28 November to 19 December at the Edwina Corlette Gallery.

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