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Yangon Zoo

May 6, 2015 - May 18, 2015

Françoise Holtzmacher shows us a sense of sadness, absurdity, and abandon that pervades the Yangon Zoological Gardens in Myanmar. Listless captive animals are juxtaposed against joyous and grotesque animal statues, once again raising the question about the relevance of zoos.

The Yangon Zoological Gardens and Parks offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The oldest zoo in Myanmar, established in 1901 in honour of Queen Victoria, boasts rare and endangered animal species as well as rich flora over several sprawling acres. Many animals were moved to the zoo in the new capital Naypyidaw in 2008, leaving behind numerous empty cages. Grotesque and joyous animal statues scattered throughout the park are juxtaposed against the still, almost listless animals kept in often narrow cages. A heavy sense of sadness, absurdity, and abandon pervades the park. Today one can’t help but question the relevance of zoos, not only in Myanmar but everywhere else. Albert Camus’ extract from his Literature Nobel Prize winning speech in 1957 finds strong resonance when we look at the captive animals: I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.

An associated Exhibition of Head On Photography Festival 
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Gallery opening hours:
Mon-Fri 10.30am – 6.30pm
Sat-Sun 11.00am – 5.00pm


May 6, 2015
May 18, 2015


13 Gurner Street
Paddington, NSW 2021 Australia
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