Reproduced – Rethinking P.A. Klier and D.A. Ahuja
Lukas Birk & Carmin Berchiolly
Self Published / Fraglich
Burmese / English
Edition of 300
Hand-made in Myanmar as part of an education project with book-binders in Yangon
Stab-binding 68 Pages
210 x 156 mm
With an essay by Carmín Berchiolly
Philipp Adolphe Klier and D.A. Ahuja were two of the most important image-makers during Myanmar’s early colonial times. Their reproductions have been used and interpreted throughout the decades in many different forms, yet we still know very little about their lives. While much of their original work survives today in the form of reproductions, they still form an integral part of Myanmar’s visual heritage. We must ask ourselves, what do these images really tell us about life in Myanmar 100 years ago?
About the Artists
“Lukas is an artist. A storyteller. A conservator.” His multi-disciplinary projects have been turned into films, chronicles, online archives, books, and exhibitions. A large part of Lukas’ work deals with archival material he collects through travel or while delving into his own background. His narratives tackle recorded history by creating alternate storylines and fictional elements, alongside commonly accepted facts. Lukas often researches his imagery through explorations into cultures that have been affected by conflict. His created ‘archival artworks’ have little to do with institutional processes but rather center around personal stories, the desire to preserve their place in history, and Lukas’ own emotional attachment to them.
Carmin Berchiolly is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Illinois. She completed her M.A. in Art History with a specialization in Southeast Asian and Museum Studies in 2018. She is currently the research assistant and program coordinator at NIU’s Center for Burma Studies, where she works closely with the Burma Art Collection, one of the most comprehensive art collections of Burmese Art outside of Myanmar. She is also the editorial assistant to the Journal of Burma Studies.
About the Publisher
Fraglich Publishing is the publishing imprint of Lukas Birk. The books, zines, and posters are available through this website and select distributors.