PROJECTS

In addition to shooting & distributing images, Sakse runs a wide range of projects & activities that teach, mentor and support emerging and established media makers in Northern Burma.

Everyday Kachin

Rebels & Reform

Burma Photography Showcase

Let my Voice be Heard

The displaced share

Naw Ming Grants / Award

Naw Ming Award / Grants

This award in honor of Naw Ming has morphed from an annual award into a monthly grant program, which offers 12 grants a year based on project proposals.

Grants of 200,000 MMK will be given monthly to help extend the reach of quality documentation in Kachin & N. Burma.

Sakse’s grant info & application

Everyday Kachin

The Everyday Kachin page was established to showcase some of the best images from Kachin, so as to open up Northern Burma aesthetically and to help inspire understanding from the international community to the plight of the Kachin peoples. As well using it as a gateway to find new talent to bring into our programs and to showcase the emerging visual art scene within the Kachin community.

www.everydaykachin.com

Let My Voice Be Heard

Let My Voice Be Heardis a participatory photography project working to empower women and youth in Kachin State who have been displace by the conflict, to share their experiences and perspectives through photography and digital story-telling.

www.letmyvoicebeheard.org

Naw Ming grants / award

This award in honor of Naw Ming has morphed from an annual award into a monthly grant program, which offers 12 grants a year based on project proposals.

Grants of 200,000 MMK will be given monthly to help extend the reach of quality documentation in Kachin & N. Burma.

Sakse’s grant info & application

 

Everyday Kachin

The Everyday Kachin page was established to showcase some of the best images from Kachin, so as to open up Northern Burma aesthetically and to help inspire understanding from the international community to the plight of the Kachin peoples. As well using it as a gateway to find new talent to bring into our programs and to showcase the emerging visual art scene within the Kachin community.

www.everydaykachin.com

Mentoring

Yawng Htang

Yawng Htang

Mentee

grew up in Nam San Yang village, which he had to flee from civil war in 2011. See Yawng Htang's archive on Sakse

www.yawnghtang.com

Sinwa Naung

Sinwa Naung

Mentee

In addition to making media, Sinwa is also the assistant curator of Everyday Kachin and organizing photography related resources to share.

He grew up in Namsang Yang village, which he had to flee from civil war in 2011.  

At Sakse, the workshops are just an introduction to the long process of becoming a full time media maker. We offer many levels of workshops to help our participants reach their goals in media, but much of the real work needed to make world class media makers happens during mentoring between or after the workshops. This is something Sakse really sees the importance of and gives a lot of resources to.

During our years spent working in Kachin we've found that workshops alone only go so far and to really get a competitive foot in the door of the media industry emerging artists need guidance on the long and difficult path to becoming an established creator. What this means in practice is our teams checks in through calls, meet ups and chats almost daily with our members and emerging talent in Northern Burma

It's just one of the reasons why Kachin Photographers have placed first place professional for best photo story in Burma, for four years in a row, despite being just 5% of the population. A support system for the long path and seemingly impossible goal of becoming a nationally, regionally or world recognized media maker is so vital to the real world success of our participants.

Our mentoring is free of charge and the mentees agree to mentor others in the future.

We accept 2 mentees per year for 2 year mentorships. This way we will have the 2nd year mentees also mentoring the 1 year mentees, in addition to our own mentors.

The mentees are given free website hosting for the 2 year period and are encourage to make their portfolio websites.

Real world examples of mentoring include

Answering questions about fair pricing and advising on media licensing agreements

Advising on grants & contests to be applying for and assisting the application process if needed.

Connecting our mentees with editors & gate keepers in the media world

Assisting in selection & sequencing of photo essays before sending to publishers

Yawng Htang's Portfolio

Sinwa's Portfolio

Burma Photo Showcase

This showcase of exhibitions and screenings gives context and faces to stories you have never heard, from a country you don’t know how to call.
As freedom of expression starts to peak its head out from 50 years of harsh censorship the visual arts scene in Burma is getting interesting
This showcase is just scratching the surface of this exciting but still risky time for photography in Burma.
produced by Sakse & DocArtsAsia

 

Artist in Residency Program

This program brings emerging and established Kachin media makers out of their geographically isolated homeland for a three month residency with access to international advisors ready to help them with their projects. The residency program currently includes a choice of two space for living & working for free.

These projects are either; editing a film, writing a screenplay, editing a large body of work or creating a photo book.

Sakse hopes to offer food & transportation stipend in Chiang Mai + Passport / visa / transport to and from the residency - which is beyond the reach of the majority of people in Kachin / N. Burma. 

Please support Sakse to fully realize this project,  it would have a huge impact of the quality & quantity of media coming out of Kachin.

Planned Projects

Film & Photo Festival

Moving forward, Sakse is partnering with local other organizations to lay the ground work now for a Film / Photo festival in Kachin State.

One day of programing for locally / regionally made films and one day of international programing.

We will use the festival as a platform to host workshops and present our, Naw Ming Memorial Media Leadership Award.

Portions of this festival can travel and be shown in cities, villages and refugee camps.

We hope to have this project launched by end of 2020 or early 2021.

Help us make this festival a reality.

Publishing 

Zine

with the content created from our grants & Everyday Kachin, we we’re able to launch the Everyday Kachin Zine, a small magazine in English and Burmese language, covering politics, arts and culture from both the region and the wider Kachin diaspora.  It has just one edition published.

Everyday Kachin books

100 best images, pushlished as an affordable book annually

Diversity of Content Creators 

Sakse recognizes that engaging with often disenfranchised groups is integral to achieving a representative media. As such we go out of our way to actively encourage and support people of marginalized groups who’s stories are often overlooked, be it women, young people, economically disadvantaged or under-represented individuals to participate in our activities and work.

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