Thai University Hosts Chin Photo Exhibition
24 November 2010: A photography exhibition on the struggle of Burma’s Chin people is currently on display at Chiang Mai University, northern Thailand.
Organized jointly by the Rural Sustainable Community Development and Chiang Mai University Library, the exhibit features a portfolio of ‘real’ unstaged photographic images by a prolific British photographer and artist whose works have been commissioned by the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO).
The photographs, taken over the course of 16 months between 2008 and 2009, portray the story of the struggle of ethnic Chin group who spread across three countries in Burma, India and Malaysia.
“Striking and illustrating,” commented one viewer who walked into the exhibition hall at the main Chiang Mai University Library by chance yesterday.
Titled “Path of Perseverance: The Chin from Burma,” the exhibit is the sixth times it has been displayed in Thailand, including one in Bangkok earlier this year. It is dedicated to a Chin rights activist John Tuihing who drowned in a boating accident two years ago while on a mission to document rights situations in southern Chin State.
The exhibition was inaugurated on Monday, November 22, and will be on display till December 2, 2010.