Photographer Chris Bartlett and journalist Delphine Schrank, author of The Rebel of Rangoon; A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma (Nation Books, July 2015), combine the ineffable image with the poetry of language to convey the hidden and very human experience of dissidence: of a social movement, until now largely closed from the eyes of the world, whose members dared across five decades of brutally repressive military rule to wrest their country back and deliver it to freedom and democracy.
Between 1962 and 2011, Burma/Myanmar had been under the jackboot of successive military rulers. Since then, a new parliamentary system has cracked apart a measure of political space. We will show not only the heartbreaking beauty of the country but also the passion and sense of duty that have driven people out of conventional lives and into the often solitary, always risky, and ever-evolving struggle for their rights. Despite constant risk of torture, beatings, arrest, intimidation – and even if they knew they wouldn’t see the fruits of their efforts in their lifetimes – we ask: what does it take to stand up to authoritarian rule?
Chris Bartlett is a documentary human rights portrait photographer. His projects have included military rape survivors, portraits of Iraqi former detainees who were tortured by the U.S., and for Photoville 2015, Burmese dissidents and former political prisoners. His Iraqi detainee portraits were first shown and the Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls exhibition. The project was reinterpreted as an installation and shown at Photoville 2014. Most recently it was seen at the Houston Fotofest and the Hamburg Triennial. Chris has been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Canadian Public Radio, Al Jazeera, and many others.
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.
A Peaceful Rebellion, The Faces of Dissent in Burma
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