Join the Myanmar Photo Archive and Goethe-Institut Myanmar for a presentation on the MPA’s journey through the past, present, and future. Delve into captivating images and narratives from the archive.

Lukas Birk, the founder of the MPA, and Rita Khin, an art consultant, will showcase a curated selection of artwork and literary works by recipients of the prestigious Reinterpret Myanmar’s History Grants.

The MPA began its collection in 2013, establishing a tangible repository of Myanmar’s photographic heritage. From its inception, the archive’s mission has been to craft a comprehensive account of photographic materials and the cultural context that surrounds them.


Intriguingly, the archive’s chronicle commences in 1890 and extends into the current decade, preserving more than 30,000 images and negatives. In 2018, Goethe-Institut Myanmar played a vital role in supporting the creation of the widely acclaimed “Burmese Photographers” book and its accompanying exhibition.

Over the years, the MPA has successfully published six books, each teeming with narratives sourced from the archive. The books were locally produced and distributed in Myanmar and internationally, with award nominations at festivals and competitions. The MPA also hosted book-making workshops with the Goethe-Institut Myanmar in Yangon.

The open call for Reinterpret Myanmar’s History Grants began on 30 May and ended on 30 June with a total offering of 45 grants. You can see the collections of photos on their website. Follow the MPA on Facebook for further updates on the event.

Goethe-Institut Myanmar (Auditorium), corner of Kabar Aye Pagoada Road and Nat Mauk Street, Bahan Township, Yangon
25 November 

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