Portraits of the Anonymous

Shwe Wutt Hmon. From Portraits of the Anonymous series 2021, Photograph on paper.

Shwe Wutt Hmon. From Portraits of the Anonymous series 2021, Photograph on paper.


Portraits of the Anonymous

Saturday 4 February 2023 to Sunday 30 April 2023

Time: Open 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays

Location: Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Road (inside Brunswick Town Hall), Brunswick AUSTRALIA

Virginia Woolf once said, ‘For most of history, Anonymous was a woman’.

In her first solo show in Australia, Shwe Wutt Hmon presents photographic portraits of female photographers, filmmakers, photojournalists and artists. These women worked earnestly to document the civilian resistance during the recent coup d'état in Myanmar. The coup d'état began in February 2021, when Myanmar's military deposed the democratically elected government.

Each portrait is overlayed with an image of the coup, taken by the portrait subject. The portraits are accompanied by written testimonies, which evoke the struggles, strengths and contributions of women working in photography in Myanmar.

The portraits will be suspended from the gallery ceiling, echoing the civilian protests in Myanmar during the Spring Revolution. Protesters strung up longyi on lines across the streets to slow down police and soldiers. Longyi are a type of garment worn by women, similar to a skirt. Walking beneath these garments is traditionally considered bad luck for men.

This exhibition is presented in association with International Women’s Day.

This exhibition has been supported by Final Grade, Canson and Kayell Australia.

Counihan Gallery
Phone: +61 03 9389 8622
Email: CounihanGallery@merri-bek.vic.gov.au

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For more information about the artist, you can visit Shwe Wutt Hmon's website.

This exhibition is in the Front Gallery.