From 1962 to 2012, Myanmar was a military dictatorship closed off from the world. Myanmar opened to the world in 2012. In 2013, when I visited, there was so much hope. Cellphones were prevalent, and the kids absorbed everything from the web. The kids were creatively combining every influence. They mixed Myanmar’s traditional thanaka face paint with modernity. I was inspired because I knew - the kids are alright - and amazing.
In 2021 the junta again seized power in a coup. Massive peaceful protests were brutally put down and un-armed civilians were slaughtered. The People's Defense Armed Forces (PDF) was created to be the armed wing of the National Unity Government. Many youths joined the war against the military.
Nine years after I took photos of these marvelous kids, I wondered where they are now. In this series, diptychs juxtapose 2013 images with 2022 words from contemporary resistance fighters.