Friday, August 3, 2007

Burma: Behind Closed Doors

The photographer James Mackay explores Burma in his latest work, soon to be exhibited at The Smithfield Gallery.

"Burma is a country under the iron rule of one of the world's most brutal and despotic regimes, where the systematic rape, torture, execution and imprisonment of ordinary citizens are commonplace.

Since the popular uprising of 1988 (that saw literally thousands of people killed by the military) and the concomitant general election of 1990, Burma's democratically elected leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest by a corrupt ruling military junta who refuse to acknowledge her party's legitimacy

Despite the junta's barbaric human rights abuses and totalitarian zeal, Burma projects a very different picture to the wider world, remaining a popular travel destination and a trade partner of many of the world's major powers."

Found at: Dazed Digital

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