About

Shwe Wutt Hmon (born 1986) divides her time between photography and developmental work. Shwe is a freelance documentary photographer based in Yangon, Myanmar, and also works as an independent researcher for UN agencies and international organizations. 

Shwe’s works focus on collective identity, personal and family relationships, documenting the history of places and people, and changes in environment and urbanization. She tells personal stories from which she connects and examines larger social and societal issues, using photography as her main medium. 

Shwe is one of the founding members of a Myanmar based women photographer collective, Thuma Collective, which is dedicated to visual storytelling. She was a part of Thuma Collective’s debut exhibition “Us & Beyond” in 2018 and second collective exhibition “Disclosure” in 2019. With Thuma Collective, Shwe has published two collective photo books, Us & Beyond, self-published by Thuma Collective and Bridging the Naf, funded by the Norwegian People's Aid. 

Shwe was a participant in 13th Angkor Photo’s professional workshop in 2017. She was a mentee in Invisible Photographer Asia’s Mentorship Program in 2018, and was selected for South Asia Incubator 1 at Photo Kathmandu 2018. She completed her first artist residency at Villa Sträuli in Winterthur, Switzerland, in early 2020, supported by Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi. Shwe is the recipient of Objectifs Documentary Award 2020 (Open Category) and 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass participant.  

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