Exhibition by ryan libre at Shinjuku Nikon Salon, April 2010

Portraits of Independence

Inside the Kachin Independence Army at the Shinjuku Nikon Salon; April 27th till May 3rd, 2010.  gallery talk May 1st at 1pm.

Photo workshop on the 4th and 5th. 5,000 per day.

more information about the show and workshop at http://www.ryanlibre.com

In Burma everyone is oppressed. The Kachins, being ethnic and religious minorities, have it even worst.

The KIO/KIA (Kachin Independence Organization) are on the forefront of many major issues in Myanmar this year: the Border Guard Force issue, negotiating state rights, contesting the new constitution, the Myitsone Dam and the 2010 elections. The KIO/KIA is not just fighting against the military government, they are proactive on many fronts from health care and education to infrastructure and agriculture.

They run a nearly complete parallel government ready to take power if given state rights or independence. This exhibition will give you a closer look at who they are and what they do and show the current situation in Kachin on many fronts. Also many photos of Culture and religion in Kachin