~ Sakse means “witness & evidence”in Jinghpaw language. ~
We are creating a self-sustaining platform for
development, production, archiving & distribution of Kachin media,
Sakse seeks to…
open up a still tightly sealed off region to the eyes of the world
showcase the emerging visual art scene in the Kachin foothills of the Himalaya
share with Burma and the rest of the world the uniqueness of Kachinland
inspire understanding & empathy from the world community for the plight of the Kachin peoples
Sakse ဆိုတဲ့ကချင်ဘာသာစကားဆိုတဲ့ အဓိပ္ပါယ်က မျက်မြင်သက်သေနဲ့အထောက်အထားကိုဆိုလိုပါတယ်
Sakse ဆိုတဲ့ စကားလုံးကို ကချင်media ရဲ့ထုတ်လုပ်ရေး၊ရယူရေးနဲ့ဖြန့်ဖြူးရေး အတွက် self-sustaining platform တစ်ခုအနေနဲ့ ဖန်တီးဖို့ရန် ရှာဖွေတွေ့ရှိခဲ့ခြင်းရဖြစ်သည်။ ကျွန်တော်တု့်က research achive နဲ့ agency အနေနဲ့ရော လုပ်ဆောင်ပေးနေပါတယ် အဲ့တာက license images အနေနဲ့နဲ့လဲ ဖြစ်နိုင်ပါတယ်
~ Sakse means “witness & evidence” in Jinghpaw language.~
We build microcosms of media,
which in turn gives birth to
a whole generation of media makers & educators
We build microcosms of media, which in turn gives birth to a whole generation of media makers & educators
Sakse By The Numbers
Years active in Kachin
Images in the archive
Photo Books in our Collection
Everyday Kachin Followers
Grant & Award money given ( MMK)
We are a
Photo book Library
We give grants, workshops, mentoring, Training of Trainers coaching, awards and grants.
Photo by Hkun Lat
Photo by Yawng Htang
Photo by Htoi Awng
Photo by Ah Shawng Lasi
Photo by Zau Htoi Maran
Photo by Zau Moon Li
Sakse’s Show Reel
Sakse’s Events & Activities
Kachin media timeline
Director / Instructor
Ryan is a curator / visual artist. He’s been documenting and teaching local photographer in Kachin State since 2008. Ryan’s photography has been exhibited in museums, galleries & alleyways across the world. He’s the winner of Nikon’s Inspiration award and has received grants from the W.Eugene Smith Fund, Internews & the Pulitzer center as well as having given two TEDx talks.
Manager / Curator
Yawng Htang Zinghtung is a photojournalist based in Laiza, the Kachin Independence Army’s capital city. After his villiage of Nam Sang Yang became the front lines of the fight between the KIO and the Burmese army, he and his family fled to the capital. Studied at DVB’s (Democratic Voice Of Burma) Multimedia Academy Journalist Training in partnership with Chiang Mai University 3 month
Instructor / Curator
Hkun Li is a documentary photographer from Myitkyina. He is an alumni from our programs, as well as an alumni of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and the Angkor Photo Workshop. He has had solo exhibitions at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand , The London School of Economics and several others.
Hkun Li received first place at the Yangon Festival in 2020 for his photo project about forced marriages among Kachin IDP women to Chinese Business men titled ‘Beauty Queen’.
Doi Awng Sam
All Sakse projects
Francis is a British documentary producer, writer & photographer. His work spans multiple disciplines focusing on identity, class, indigenous rights and struggles for self determination. He's been focused on Kachin & the Burma peace process since 2015, working in journalism, media development & advocacy in Burma and the wider region.
Sakse's Board of Advisors
Our advisors give critical advice & networking to help drive Sakse and it's members to their goals
After running Greenpeace's international media desk, John Novis knows how to use an image or media campaign to achive real world impact.
Naw Ming Lahpai
Naw Ming worked with Sakse in the early days before he was shot & paralized documenting the conflict in Kachin
Film & Mentoring Advisor
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Local Knowledge & Networking Advisor
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Sakse’s photo Book & Film Library
The Sakse library holds over 300 hardback photo monographs. In addition to the physical library in Laiza, we have organized many photo book showcases & events at other spaces & events in Myitkyina & Yangon. Part of our collection was also donated to a photo gallery in Yangon.
Getting these photo books seen is very import for our work.
Where is Kachin?
Located in the Himalaya and her foothills, Kachin is between Tibet,Yunnan,NE India & Burma
Visit Studio Sakse
Visiting our studio in Chiang Mai is available most days by appointment and during events such as openings, workshops & cinema events.
Pa Kae Soi 1 ( end of the soi ) - Looks for the Sakse sign