24 November – 15 December 2011
ุ24 พฤศจิกายน – 15 ธันวาคม 2554
The Abhaya mudrā (“Fear Not” mudrā) represents protection, peace and the dispelling of fear.
For the past five decades in Burma, thousands of people have been arrested, tortured and given long prison sentences for openly expressing their beliefs and for daring to defy dictators who tolerate no form of dissent or opposition to their rule. Today, more than 2,000 political prisoners including monks, students, journalists, lawyers, elected Members of Parliament and more than 300 members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party, The National League for Democracy, are incarcerated in Burma’s notorious prisons.
In Burma and across the world, hundreds of former political prisoners have come together to raise awareness of the tragic plight of their colleagues still detained in jail. Abhaya: Burma’s Fearlessness is part of an international appeal for their liberation.
Photographed standing with their right hand raised, palm out-turned facing the camera, the name of a current political prisoner is shown written on their hand. The sacred Buddhist gesture of Abhaya, “Fear Not”, is not only an act of silent protest, but also one of remembrance and fearlessness.
This exhibition also celebrates the launch of the eponymous book published by River Books, Bangkok:Abhaya: Burma’s Fearlessness by James Mackay, featuring 244 colour portraits.