Portraits of the Anonymous

This solo show is a testament to female artists, photographers and videographers who documented Myanmar’s coup d’etat, which began in February 2021. This exhibition has been supported by Canson, Kayell Australia and Final Grade.

Art Exhibition currently on at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick in Brunswick precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 04 February 2023 to Sunday 30 April 2023

Shwe Wutt Hmon. Untitled (from Portraits of the Anonymous series), 2021. 110 x 110 cm. Printed on Canson Baryta Photographique Matt 310gsm paper. Courtesy of the artist image

Event published by Counihan Gallery on Saturday 11 February 2023.
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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.


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