Reed (my alma mater) has a nice write up on Still Lifes from a Vanishing City this month. Check it out here. And a huge thanks to the education I received at Reed.
“The author spent over a year wandering around the vintage architectural marvels of Yangon, Myanmar, documenting the insides of the city’s grand old Colonial buildings, many of which were being demolished by the new wave of “investors” that had descended upon the city. In her introduction to this book, Rush notes that she “wasn’t interested in the architecture so much as the lives that took place inside it.” Indeed, rather than showing only photos of these crumbling architectural marvels, Rush takes you inside the buildings, and inside the lives of the inhabitants, via stunning photographs and revealing essays. Additional essays included in this book were written by noted author Emma Larkin (Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop) and Thant Thaw Kaung.”
Never To Disappear / A new book by Southern New Hampshire MFA grad Elizabeth Rush is a love letter to what was once Asia’s most cosmopolitan city, soon to be changed forever. Read More here.
Here is what Emma Larkin has to say about it: “Elizabeth made good use of the strange days just before this awakening to venture into the lost world of downtown Yangon, but it was not the large edifices of Empire that attracted her attention. Rather, she focused on the shop houses and private residences that line the alleyways and it is here, in these forgotten and secluded spaces, that the city’s real secrets have been kept. After all, it was not – in the bad old days of the Burmese regime – just those who were overtly political who had to succumb to the silence. In a world where anyone accused or perceived of being on the wrong side of the regime could end up in prison with no legal recourse, people turned inwards by necessity. Only behind closed doors was it safe to indulge in private obsessions and the day-to-day worries of making ends meet. Elizabeth’s essays and images capture the interior lives diligently maintained despite the dictatorship’s powerfully effacing reach.”
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