Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 People / Portrait_P

The Tattooed woman

  • Photographer
    Viet Van Tran

The tattooed Chin women who lives in the villages in the remote hills of the Chin State are far more than 70 years old. The tattoos on their faces are gradually disappearing along with tattooing tradition which was abandoned by the Myanmar government since 1960. This 72-year-old woman Mrs Pwethang lives in Kanpalat, belong to Daiai tribe, one of the eight tattoos tribes in Chin state. She has started having her face tattooed since she was 15. The process took five years to complete and tattooing the eyelids were the worst part of the process. Happiness for her is simple, i.e smoking pipe, performing musical instrument , or sometime just sitting alone to recall the memories.

Cultural Bachelor degree in 1996. Trained by famous photographer as James Natchwey, Gary Knight, Tim Page, Steve Northup, Gaby Sommer…in workshop of IMMF (Indochinal Memory Media Found). Currenly work as special reporter for Lao ??ng newspaper (one of the biggest newspapers in Viet Nam). 10 solo exhibions and over 30 group exhibitions (USA, UK, France, Italia, Grecee,Spain, Urugoay, Argentina, Singapore, Rumania,Thailand…),