BLOOD/STONES: Burmese Rubies

Friday, January 13, 2012 to Sunday, June 10, 2012

Journey through Myanmar (Burma) with photographer Christian Holst, and discover how the global trade of Burmese rubies and jade affects the lives of the country’s citizens.  Generating close to $500 million annually for the country’s rulers, Burmese ruby sales rarely benefit those who extract the gemstones and craft them into breathtaking jewelry.  BLOOD/STONES: Burmese Rubies offers an intimate view on the hardships caused by natural resource exploitation, and addresses the crises that Myanmar’s citizens face today. 

BLOOD/STONES: Burmese Rubies. Created by ART WORKS Projects. 

This exhibition is generously supported in part by the Open Society Foundations.

© Photo by Christian Holst/Reportage by Getty Images