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At DAA we offer world-class exhibition & programs that are accessible to all. Our new center will take this to even higher levels & help build an art community
Documentary Arts Asia
Chiang Mai
2 Team Members

Have 2 minutes and 7 seconds to be awesome and enjoy our funny video? 

Help fund our new adobe center so that DAA can advance visual literacy and support documentary artists in Asia. 

Now that you have enjoyed our quirky/strange/funny fundraiser video and then help us make our dream come true!


Working hard with our new soil and rice husk. Aiming for another 2000 bricks by the end of this month! Read about our progress so far in a new article we are featured in!


We have reached over 2000 bricks this week, and with the first funds from our indiegogo campaign coming through we have a small mountain of soil on site that should make 2000 more!!


We have extended our fundraising campaign. Please keep spreading the word about the campaign!


Separate from our work at DAA, but still amazing. Kevin Ledo has begun working on this fantastic piece of art on our site!! Thanks Kevin!


We reached 50% of our final goal. Thanks to all our contributors, we are in the papers thanks to you !


One of our students from Kachin State, Hkun Li, just won the 3rd price of the Yangon Photo Festival ! Signed by Aung San Suu Kyi, this award allows him to attempt a workshop in the largest photo festival in the world in Arles, France. 


Keep on spreading the word and sharing this page to help us achieve this project !


Help us to build DAA²

We want to bring our Documentary Arts center to a next level by building a bigger, sustainable, better designed and much more comfortable art center in Chiang Mai City. This is not only about building a center. This is about enhancing a community and gathering people together to share and discover thoughts and stories about the world we live in.

Documentary Arts Asia exists to:

  • Increase the number & quality of Asian documentary artists 
  • Support emerging and established photographers & film makers
  • Engage & expose the public to the quality documentary work being produced
  • Assist under-represented groups to tell their stories
  • Celebrate those who have dedicated their lives to this field and the work they produced.

Our current center was established in part by a grant from the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. 

Since 2011 Documentary Arts Asia organized an annual documentary photography and film festival, more than 300 movie screenings, 100 workshops, opened a new center in Kachin State, Burma and is on its way to co-produce the f28 Month of Photography in Chiang Mai.

All those achievements were made possible because of a lot of motivation and work by all our volunteers and supporters. 

Our current gallery is now too small to welcome all our visitors and many of our events are overfull, forcing us to turn people away. 

What We Need & What You Get

12,000 $ sets the basic structure such as foundation, supports and the roof for our new documentary art center. The reason we can do that so affordably is because we are going to build the walls and interior with adobe bricks we are making ourselves. 

We really hope we can go well over the minimum goal to complete furnishings decorations and finishing touches.

For your help we will offer you gifts of astonishing value.

The photos will be from DAA founder Ryan Libre (Pulitzer Center and Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grantee, 2 times Tedx speaker). Many of the prints are from his exhibition Portraits of Independence which won the Nikon Inspiration Award for "one of the most creative and remarkable exhibitions" at the Nikon HQ that year. Other prints are from his solo exhibition Playground of the Gods at the Fujifilm Salon.

Also available are extroardinary prints taken by our best students from our satellite center in Laiza, Kachin State.

These prints will not only look great on your wall but are collectors items that will increase in value.

You can check our prints on our Photoshelter Gallery.

The Impact

As the years passed since Documentary Arts Asia started we have noticed that the growth of interest in documentary art has increased.  With a new center comes new possibilities which we eagerly look forward to. 

We are a very unique art space and foundation that not only shows films and introduces documentary art makers but also support them with residencies, grants, gear and more. With our new art center we could do all that in a much bigger scale.

The co-founders, Non and Ryan, have successfully completed 25 adobe buildings from scratch and helped out with many other projects involving earthen buildings with a NGO called earthen adobe

Other Ways You Can Help

It's still possible for you to help even though you can't contribute, spread the word out and make some noise about our campaign, no act of assistance is too small and every hand, view and smile helps us reach our dream of DAA².

Thank You! 

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  • $10USD
    The Disposable Camera

    We can make 100 Bricks with that donation ! It's a huge progress for us and a tiny amount for you ! For this donation, you will get 5 free screenings/events at the gallery. Value : 300 Baht // 9 Dollars // 6.7 Euros

    3 out of 50 claimed
  • $15USD
    The Point and Shoot

    This donation allows us to build 150 bricks. For this donation you will be able to attend 5 free screenings/events, a one day free workshop, a desktop image for your screensaver, and your name put on DAA's website as a contributor to the cause. Value: 1,300 Baht // 40 Dollars // 29 Euros

    2 out of 50 claimed
  • $25USD
    The Polaroid

    This donation enable us to build 250 Bricks ! Get a letter signed by all the DAA team as well as a DAA T shirt, a free in-house workshop and a matted and signed photo print ( 4 x 6 inch, 10 x 15 cm ). Value: 2400 Baht // 75 Dollars // 55 Euros

    7 out of 50 claimed
  • $50USD
    The iPhone

    With 50 Dollars we can order one truck of soil or one truck of rice husks, which means at least 500 bricks ! For a donation of 50 Dollars, Documentary Arts Asia will give you a 6 x 9 inch (10 x 22 cm) signed photo print of your choice, two free in-house workshops, a free membership and a T Shirt signed by the DAA team. Value: 5200 Baht // 162 Dollars // 118 Euros

    10 out of 50 claimed
  • $75USD
    The Cyber Shot

    We can build approximately 750 Bricks with this donation. 8×12 inch ( 20 x 30 cm) signed Photo Print, T shirt and letter signed by the team, membership for one year, three in-house workshops and 5 free screenings at the gallery. Value: 7650 Baht // 238.5 Dollars // 173 Euros

    4 out of 50 claimed
  • $100USD
    The Go Pro

    You 'll get a 10x15 inch ( 25 x 38 cm) signed photo print of your choice, a membership for one year, four in-house workshops and 10 free screenings at the gallery twice a week. Value: 9900 Baht // 309 Dollars // 225 Euros

    10 out of 30 claimed
  • $200USD
    The Nikon

    DO NOT MISS this opportunity! Donate 200$ to DAA for the new center in Chiang Mai and you will receive a 20X30 inch (50x75cm) signed Photo Print (EXHIBITION SIZE !) of one of our exhibitions, plus membership, plus five in-house workshops, 20 free screenings and a T-Shirt. Value: 21800 Baht // 680 Dollars // 495 Euros

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • $500USD
    The Canon

    Looking for a good investment ? You will have your name embed on DAA’s plaque as major partner and backer of the project You will get a one year membership at DAA, one year free movies and in-house workshops, as well as two 20×30 inch ( 50 x 75 cm) signed Photo print. Value: 49800 Baht // 1553 Dollars // 1130 Euros

    2 out of 10 claimed

    The Leica

    Build the foundations By providing us a donation of 1000 dollars of more, you will have your name embed on DAA’s plaque as major partner and backer of the project. You will also be given a lifetime membership and three year movie screenings in our organization and you’ll be tuition free for our in-house workshops for three years. Moreover, you will receive four 20×30 inch ( 50 x 75 cm) signed photo print of one of our exhibitions. Value: 128200 Baht // 4000 Dollars // 2910 Euros

    5 out of 5 claimed
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