Feliz Natal e Próspero Ano Novo!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
Prettige kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!
メリークリスマス - 明けましておめでとうございます!
Crăciun fericit şi un An Nou Fericit!
наступающим Новым Годом!
Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
God jul och gott nytt år!
Yeni Yılınızı Kutlar, Sağlık ve Başarılar Dileriz!
Veselé Vánoce a Sťastný Nový Rok!
From the series 62 years in the jungle
Sixty two years ago in Karen State, Burma, the Karen people were forced into a David and Goliath conflict against the powerful authoritarian Burmese military regime who have tried to push the Karen people off the map through a brutal and systematic policy of murder, rape, forced labor and the complete destruction of their villages. Six decades on, and now considered the world’s longest current running conflict, the Karen people continue to be brutalized in an ongoing pursuit to cleanse them from their homeland they call Kawtoolie.
"Working on assignment in Karen State in 2010 I was enamored by the calm resilience of the Karen people, both volunteer soldiers and civilians who all seem to possess a quiet determination backed up by their motto ‘never surrender’. Moved by the stoic and yet serene nature of Karen and horrified with their stories of the human rights violations against them, I decided to return in February 2011, self-funded, to bring the face of the Karen people, and their highly under-reported struggle to survive against the brutal Burmese junta to a greater audience in the hope of affecting some positive change."
From the series Dead Traffic
Kim Thue was born in September 1980 in Grindsted, a small Danish town situated on the windy moors of Jutland. As a restless teenager he moved to the U.K. and is now based in London. He describes his work as "sequenced accumulations of unsung tragedies, vulnerable integrity and personally profound chance encounters."
Currently, Kim is drawing to a close a long-term book project from Freetown, Sierra Leone entitled "Dead Traffic." About the book he writes: "Despite Sierra Leone being renowned for its brutal civil war, this work doesn’t have a hidden political agenda in mind, a specific humanitarian issue to pinpoint or even a clear story to tell. Instead I hope to have shot something the viewer can tune into emotionally. Something that hits a nerve without being conceived as coercive in nature. A collection of images, suggesting simply an incredible abundance of human vitality and perseverance, flourishing within an overwhelmingly harsh and inclement city."
Publisher Calin Kruse adds, "Shot over the course of two trips lasting 10 months, Kim allowed enough time to fully submerse himself in the livelihoods and emotions of his subjects. His efforts leave us with an extensive, highly engaging and subjective visual account of a corner of the world normally unrevealed to most of us."
"Dead Traffic" will be released as a book by dienacht Publishing in Spring 2012 and will be available to pre-order from their website soon.