The zoo of the giraffe women: a journey among the Kayan of Northern Thailand

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/313578
Title:
The zoo of the giraffe women: a journey among the Kayan of Northern Thailand
Authors:
Nicoletti, Martino
Abstract:
In a village in the far north of Thailand, under the stunning light of a tropical sun, surreal women impeccably wearing their ethnic attire, smiling and motionless, offer themselves to the cameras of voracious tourists. Adorned with gorgeous necklaces of shining brass coils, they are the famous “giraffe women”, the epithet commonly used to define members of the Kayan tribe originally from eastern Burma. The vivid contrast between the myths narrating the origin of this ethnic group and their current condition as refugees from the civil war in their homeland provides an outstanding and sharp testimony to life in Thailand’s “human zoos”. A wide selection of photographs taken by the author using primitive vintage cameras from the early 1900s and a poignant short video, shot with Super-8 film, enrich the volume, visually amplifying the unique mood of the written account.
Affiliation:
University of Derby, School of Art and Design
Publisher:
Vajra Publications - Kathmandu
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/313578
Type:
Book
Language:
en
ISBN:
978-9937623117
Sponsors:
University of Derby; University of the West of Scotland
Appears in Collections:
D-Marc

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNicoletti, Martinoen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T14:02:56Z-
dc.date.available2014-03-03T14:02:56Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.isbn978-9937623117-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/313578-
dc.description.abstractIn a village in the far north of Thailand, under the stunning light of a tropical sun, surreal women impeccably wearing their ethnic attire, smiling and motionless, offer themselves to the cameras of voracious tourists. Adorned with gorgeous necklaces of shining brass coils, they are the famous “giraffe women”, the epithet commonly used to define members of the Kayan tribe originally from eastern Burma. The vivid contrast between the myths narrating the origin of this ethnic group and their current condition as refugees from the civil war in their homeland provides an outstanding and sharp testimony to life in Thailand’s “human zoos”. A wide selection of photographs taken by the author using primitive vintage cameras from the early 1900s and a poignant short video, shot with Super-8 film, enrich the volume, visually amplifying the unique mood of the written account.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Derby; University of the West of Scotlanden
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherVajra Publications - Kathmanduen
dc.subjectKayanen
dc.subjectEthnic tourismen
dc.subjectThailanden
dc.subjectGiraffe womenen
dc.subjectNicoletti, Martinoen
dc.subjectSuper 8en
dc.subjectLong necken
dc.subjectPaduangen
dc.subjectPadongen
dc.subjectKarenen
dc.subjectMae Hong Sonen
dc.subjectPhotographyen
dc.titleThe zoo of the giraffe women: a journey among the Kayan of Northern Thailanden
dc.typeBooken
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derby, School of Art and Designen
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