Creating a microcosm of media
The Sakse Story
20 year mission…
Kachin Media Development
First media workshop for ethnic activists from Burma.
at Earth Rights International’s Burma School. The sucess of this workshop inspired the development of broad reaching media development programs
Established a media a workshop series in Laiza
First workshop in Laiza was 7 days long with 15 participants. We have since held over 100 workshops with 1000’s of alumni.
2011 - Oct
Received a grant from the W. Eugene Smith Fund in NYC at the Asia Society for creating a social enterprise documentary photo gallery / library / workshop space.
2011 - May
Sakse founder, Ryan Libre, talks at the first TEDx in Chiang Mai about the vision of creating a army of world-class independent media makers in Kachin & beyond.
2011 - Sept
2012 - Dec
Opening of a photo gallery / photobook library / workshop space in Laiza on the 2nd floor of the national library.
2015 - Dec
When Naw Ming passed, we established the Naw Ming Memorial Media Award / grants, to give 1 million Kyat to a selected next generation Kachin media trail blazer with local nominators & an international jury. Naw Ming won ‘citizen of the year’ for Burma, before he passed.
Everyday Kachin social platform launched and becomes an official member of the Everyday Projects. Soon after founding, we began offline exhibitons of Everyday Kachin in galleries, univeristies and photo festivals.
‘The Burmese Photographers’ published
This book, which illustrates the history of photography in Myanmar, includes a section on Kachin photographers & our work there. Published by the Goethe Institute & edited by Lukas Birk.
Sakse curates / produces “Rebels & Reform’ a Burma Photography Showcase