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Re-Connect: Contemporary Photography from Myanmar

Recently I had a chance to visit a photography exhibition by 3 street photographers from Myanmar. The range of photographs captured encompasses the tumultuous period of political upheaval in Myanmar when Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest and sworn into parliament to art photography and other experimental work. Please find below some of the photos captured:

Aung San Suu Kyi in the car with her son shortly after her release from house arrest.

Aung San Suu Kyi in the car with her son shortly after her release from house arrest.

This is one of my favourite photograph of the whole exhibition. There is something profoundly intense in Aung San Suu Kyi’s eyes. God knows how she must have felt being free for the first time in a long while. What are the concerns going through her mind at this point. There were also rumours of an assassination plot at this point, so was she also worried for her life? Who knows…

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Tun Wing Aung’s early experimental works. It is a performance on the computer scanner. He made each photography by scanning his face for 3 minutes. During the scanning process, he recited a Pali verse from the teachings of Buddha, which reflected the nature of life- its beginnings, its being, and its end. He made the work to mark the passing of his father.

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Kaung Htet was  amedical doctor when Myanmar was under the junta. In 2007, during the Saffron Revolution, when he saw people being beaten, shot and killed, he decided to become a photographer. Since than, he has documented many political events in Myanmar. He feels that the country is rapidly changing into a democratic state and he wants the world to witness the change from within. The visual documents that he made are the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Kaung Htet was amedical doctor when Myanmar was under the junta. In 2007, during the Saffron Revolution, when he saw people being beaten, shot and killed, he decided to become a photographer. Since than, he has documented many political events in Myanmar. He feels that the country is rapidly changing into a democratic state and he wants the world to witness the change from within. The visual documents that he made are the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Aung Pyae wasn't that interested initially when the government announced the 2012 by-elections. However when Aung San Suu Kyi decided to run in the elections, he decided to document her campaign trips. He has done so without financial support as he feels that this is history in the making. Over the years, he has also documented some demonstrations that happened during this transitional period of Myanmar politics. His work represents his investigation into the aspirations of the Myanmar people.

Aung Pyae wasn’t that interested initially when the government announced the 2012 by-elections. However when Aung San Suu Kyi decided to run in the elections, he decided to document her campaign trips. He has done so without financial support as he feels that this is history in the making. Over the years, he has also documented some demonstrations that happened during this transitional period of Myanmar politics. His work represents his investigation into the aspirations of the Myanmar people.

 

One of Aung Pyae's work from The Transition of Myanmar (2011-2012)

One of Aung Pyae’s work from The Transition of Myanmar (2011-2012)

All in all it was a good exhibition and we even get to meet and listen to a talk by the photographers from Myanmar. Here they are:

Photographers from Myanmar: Aung Pyae, Kaung Htet, Tun Win Aung.

Photographers from Myanmar: Aung Pyae, Kaung Htet, Tun Win Aung.

 

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