Stories from the Streets of Myanmar

Stories from the Streets of Myanmar

As co-founder of the Visual Rebellion Collective, we organised the Photo Exhibition ‘Stories from the Streets of Myanmar’ from March 22nd – April 16th, 2022 at the Atrium City Hall in the Hague, the Netherlands as part of the Movies that Matter Festival. We showed a collection of photos, artworks and our short documentary under the theme “Protesting Through Street Art”. The exhibition demonstrates how the events in Myanmar unfolded after the military seized power in the form of a coup d’état and sent the country back into an era of dark dictatorship on February 1st, 2021.

We wanted to showcase how the people are subjected to unspeakable violence and repression, and continue to resist in many creative and courageous ways. During the festival we successfully organised a fundraiser to finance equipment for members of our collective. Our representative in Europe gave two guest lectures to the audience of the Movies that Matter Festivals on Tour in Utrecht and Delft to present the work and activities of our collective.

The collective

Visual Rebellion is a collective for Burmese journalists, photographers, filmmakers and artists to publish their productions in the aftermath of the February 1st, 2021 coup d’État.

The creative and media communities are particularly persecuted and have been forced underground to avoid arrest. Visual Rebellion believes that free thought and expression are powerful weapons against the submission and oppression the military regime is trying to impose on people. As a war on information and ideology is raging in the country, the aim is to provide Burmese creators with the necessary resources to keep producing high-value verified content on what is happening in Myanmar.

Go to visualrebellion.org if you want to support the young journalists from Myanmar.

All credits for photos, arts and design go to members of the Visual Rebellion Collective. Their identities have to stay hidden for obvious security reasons.

Collaboration with IDEA:

We are currently organising with the VR collective exhibitions in Washington, New York and Stockholm with the support of International IDEA. A photo book is also coming soon. Follow our Instagram for news soon!

If you are interested in screening one of our films, please send a request to info@humanrightsinthepicture.org. There is no fee for students, NGOs and activists.