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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Jeenah Moon: Life in Burma at Soam Studio

Image above: ©Jeenah Moon, Life in Burma, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 

 

The exhibition explores contemporary & historical issues in Myanmar. Jeenah Moon went to Burma in 2012 photographed Burmese daily life, including the people working at farms, factories, and in flea markets . She saw their smiles. A large family may be living in a  very small home, but everyone enjoys their life and enjoys what they have.

11180501_1055526357808583_225575705_o©Jeenah Moon, Life in Burma, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 

 

11163580_1055526127808606_1323791781_o©Jeenah Moon, Life in Burma, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 

 

Jeenah took these pictures in Burma. The country was controlled by a military dictatorship until 2011. Under this regime many Burmese suffered through genocide, rapes, child labor and lack of freedom of speech. Since Aung Saa Suu Kyi became Prime Minister in Burma, their social issues, domestic economy and relationship with other countries has been radically improved. She won the Nobel Peace Prize. Burma is one of the developing countries in South Asia. They are very strong for agriculture and the manufacture of clothing and also rely on tourism. Even thought they are still one of the poorest countries in the world, they are known to be a happy people.

11127109_1055526117808607_1887780439_o©Jeenah Moon, Life in Burma, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 

 

11129700_1055526144475271_1464619301_o©Jeenah Moon, Life in Burma, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 

 

Jeenah Moon is a photographer based in New York. Her works are characterized by a fascination and love for those who make choices they know will marginalize themselves in society. She finds their niches and show how these folks adapt and even thrive in circumstances most people try to avoid.

11136328_1055526147808604_931883319_o©Jeenah Moon, Life in Burma, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 

 

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