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SHWE Wutt Hmon

About The Artist

Shwe Wutt Hmon (b. 1986) is a freelance photographer based in Yangon, Myanmar, who also works as an independent researcher for United Nations agencies and other international organizations. She was one of the founding members of Thuma Collective, a Myanmar-based group of female photographers. Her work focuses on collective identity, human relationships and mental health. She was selected for the South Asia Incubator 1 at Photo Kathmandu in 2018. She is the recipient of the Documentary Award 2020 (Open Category) from the Objectifs Center, Singapore, and a participant in the World Press Photo’s 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass.

SHWE Wutt Hmon

"After having five operations by the age of 30, the result of life-long health problems, I became very interested in imaging my own body and scars clinically. By scanning images of my scarred body with withering flowers, this series creates metaphors for the decline of one’s body and health."

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (1/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (1/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (2/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (2/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (3/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (3/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (4/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (4/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (5/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (5/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (6/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (6/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (7/8)

I Do Miss Hospital Visit (7/8)

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I Do Miss Hospital Visit (8/8)

About The Artwork

I Do Miss Hospital Visit

Digital scan

The images in Shwe Wutt Hmon’s experimental self-portrait series, I Do Miss Hospital Visit, were created by scanning the scars on her own body, which she juxtaposed against withered flowers, old family photographs and personal CT scans accumulated from many years of hospital visits due to health issues. As she writes, “After having five operations by the age of 30, the result of life-long health problems, I became very interested in imaging my own body and scars clinically. My photography work largely involves developing film and scanning negatives. One day while working with the scanner, I think the dots connected instinctively. I wondered why I shouldn’t scan my own body, while I was restricted from my regular visits to the doctor due to the pandemic. By scanning images of my scarred body with withering flowers, this series creates metaphors for the decline of one’s body and health. Despite the chaos the world is in at the moment, I am trying to be at peace. Making art allows my inner doubts and frustrations to be the little light that gets me through this darkness.”

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