The subjects of Develter’s Cigar Series need no introduction. They feature the rich, the famous and the notorious, strikingly rendered in Develter’s characteristic bold, colourful and often ironic artistic style. It showcases his ability to convey emotion through his uncanny rendering of the human eye and facial expression.
In 2012, Develter spent a significant period of time in Myanmar, visiting the country’s most remote tribes. One such tribe, the Chins, can be found deep in the unforgiving mountainous region of Chin, which borders India and Bangladesh.
Chin women routinely submit themselves to intricate facial tattoos, painstakingly drawn with thorns covered in sap, chicken or buffalo blood.
The tattoos’ designs, together with their placement, pay homage to nature, the elements and the Chin’s animist beliefs, featuring spider webs, reptilian skin, and leopard spots on the face; tiger whiskers below the nose; peacock feathers and suns on the forehead.
The Bangkok series sees Develter superimpose the intricate Chin tattoos on the faces of urban Asian women. This juxtaposition of urban and tribal invites the viewer to consider the evolution and erosion of culture, together with the relationship between past and present, the remote and the urban, the modern and the ancient, beauty and pain.
Develter is a proud supporter of Medical Action Myanmar (MAM), a
charity that provides free and essential healthcare services to the country’s poorest and most remote communities.
MAM is also involved in educational programs, designed to bring about structural change by improving the health of communities & preventing the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases.
Clare Gallery is accepting donations on MAM’s behalf for the duration of Develter’s Indelible Exhibition. For more information, please speak to Dana Levitt email@example.com or +61406252404.