Even Though I’m Free, I Am Not

Photographer James Mackay creates portraits of political dissidents from Burma who pose with the names of political prisoners written on their raised palms, in reference to the Buddhist Abhaya Mudra hand symbol for fearlessness. Through this gesture, the men and women in Mackay’s portraits pay tribute to and stand in solidarity with their peers, who still remain imprisoned for their activities and beliefs.

This photo series is part of the Moving Walls 19 exhibition. Since its inception in 1998, Moving Walls has featured over 100 photographers whose works address a variety of social justice and human rights issues that coincide with the mission of the Open Society Foundations.