I would like to present photos of people who came together and participated in the Spring Revolution.
Not only young men but also young women were fighting on the front lines and fighting against the military. Our Htamein, our flag, our victory movement, our Thanakha movement, etc. Young women have spearheaded prominent pro-democracy movements.
My photos will show the first rally in Yangon led by two women with Karen Traditional dress. Throughout the protests, people have presented their multiple identities (age, profession, religious, ethnic, gender orientation and sexual identity) as part of this revolution. These photos were taken between February to July in Yangon.
I also show the loss suffered by so many people as soldiers and the police cracked down on protesters. Thousands of people have been killed in acts of violence, including the abduction of family members without anyone being arrested.
Residents who could not stand the injustice fought back and retaliated against the military council.
Despite the loss and suffering, people have refused to back-down on their requests for the establishment of a federal democracy, to overthrow the military dictatorship and the demands for justice.
*Curator's note: Most of the artworks presented here have been published in international media and are widely available in the public domain. Care has been taken to minimise the use of close-ups and minimise any risk to individuals.
People are staying together and making community who have same basic value of humanity and moral to form a stable and secure society. Each and every one is contributing for this community with their skills and capacities for the sustainability of it. People respects to each other, understand the diversity without judgement or discrimination and always think of inclusiveness. Such community can only be the good united community or the united community with diversity. I believe the art is the best platform or medium that can bridge among people for sharing and expressing of thoughts, feelings and opinions without words or languages. The opinions and voices of every participants is important and only the collective voices can represent and reflect the community. I want to search the collective answer of “What is union?” for our community through this experimental process. This exhibition is not only to watch my art creations but also a process or collective works that audience can participate. You can reflect how you grow up, what happening to you now and what you hope for your future. Then express it by participating in this exhibition. Please check the steps by steps instruction and feel free to participate!