In the Quest for Utopia (Myanmar)

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The future of Myanmar is at stake: new general elections are taking place on 8 November 2015. In order that these elections are « free and fair », many constitutional changes should have been undertaken by the quasi-civilian government.

Since 2011, perspectives for the future of Myanmar took an unexpectedly bright turn, although prospects toward stability and ongoing democracy are still uncertain. Myanmar today is indeed at a crucial point. With the parliamentary elections to be held in November 2015, there could be finally a possibility for the country to establish a meaningful democracy, for the first time since General Ne Win’s coup d’état in 1962. With signs of continuing reform, the parliament had agreed to review Myanmar’s military-written 2008 constitution. This revision was vital to having free and fair elections in 2015, allowing the people of Myanmar to elect whomever they like, encouraging national reconciliation and protecting human rights, which under the previous military junta were among the worst in the world. For the time being, none of the projects presented to amend the key Articles of the Constitution have been approved. No single issue could play a more critical role in Myanmar’s possible transition to a free and democratic country than the release of its prisoners of conscience.

« In the Quest for Utopia » is a homage to people risking prison and even their lives in their struggle for a long-cherished goal of democracy and freedom.

Technique: Extra deep box frame, separating image from glass. In the background: printed image of a former political prisoner. Printed on the glass some of the pages of 2008 Constitution, containing the key Articles to be reviewed.

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