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spotlight magazine Nov 2019 awards winners 2019
Title: Chin Village
"I travelled through Southeast Asia and I fell in love with Myanmar. I wanted to know more about the culture, history, and people. I researched some traditional cultures and discovered the tattoed faced women from Chin Village.
I was already in Thailand and decided to go back to Myanmar. I had to travel for two days to get there, taking two flights and two boats to find them. The tattoed face is a tradition that was interrupted 60 years ago. I portrayed some of these ladies and among them, there were three sisters; two of them have tattooed faces and the third doesn’t. This sister was three years old when the tradition was banned. These are some of the last women with the tattooed face of Chin Village."