Khun Li is one of the first graduates of Documentary Arts Asia's photography training program in Laiza, Kachin State, Northern Burma. His work gives essential documentation of life in this isolated and under-reported area and has been used by organizations including ALTSEAN, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and the US Campaign for Burma (USCB) both as independent, first hand documentation of the ongoing humanitarian situation and as tools for international advocacy for greater pressure on the Burmese government to end attacks against the Kachin people. Despite an era of apparent reform initiated by the new civilian government in Burma, Kachin State has seen a marked increase in violence, community displacement and human rights abuses associated with a reignited civil conflict between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burmese military.
As well as this exhibition Hkun Li has recently shown his work in Rangoon and will exhibit at the Documentary Arts Asia Center Gallery in Chiang Mai throughout July. He is also recipient of a scholarship to the prestigious Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in 2012.
Documentary Arts Asia (DAA) is a non-profit organization which works primarily in photography and film, but also audio and narrative writing, to tell the stories from Asia that need to be heard. The Documentary Arts Center in Chiang Mai supports documentary artists through the provision of training and library resources, grants and promotion. DAA also strives to gain recognition for the importance of high-quality, independent and objective documentary practice through its own agency, magazine and documentary arts festival. DAA has been active in Laiza for the past four years.
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