What: The Heart of Myanmar
When: 14 March to 25 March 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday – Sunday
Opening night: 14 March 2018 – From 6:00pm
Where: Studio 541, 541 Mt Eden Road, Auckland
Join me from 6pm Wednesday 14th March for a drink or two, nibbles, photography, and hear me speak a few words about my images.
Myanmar, formerly Burma only very recently opened its doors to tourism and the country has come under immense scrutiny in the press recently due to the army-led genocide of the Rohinga muslims in the north. Despite its long standing rampant ethnic strife and tumultuous history, Burma was once one of the greatest empires in the world and the people of Myanmar today are warm, open, friendly and peaceful. 89% of the country’s population is Buddhist and it is the most religious Buddhist country in terms of the proportion of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion. There is enough gold in the famous Shwedagon Pagoda to wipe out the country’s entire debt. This exhibition is a tribute and an insight to the real Myanmar: the people, the customs, and the traditions of a traveler’s paradise.
To get a glimpse into my experience taking the photographs for this exhibition, have a read of some of my short blog posts from the time: