Exhibit Shows Shared Experiences of Cambodians

Both here and abroad, the lives of Cambodians have been shaped im­mensely by the events of recent decades.

Through artwork and photos, the exhibition “Futurographies”—opening Tuesday at the Sa Sa Bas­sac art space in Phnom Penh—reflects those changes.

People spill out onto a Phnom Penh boulevard on April 17, 1975, the day Khmer Rouge forces marched into the city. (Roland Neveu)
People spill out onto a Phnom Penh boulevard on April 17, 1975, the day Khmer Rouge forces marched into the city. (Roland Neveu)

The work ranges from French photographer Roland Neveu’s images of Phnom Penh as the Khmer Rouge were taking over the city on April 17, 1975, to photos by Pete Pin, who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1982, grew up in the U.S., and has tried to recreate his Cambodian family tree.

The exhibit will also feature Eng Rithchandaneth’s “Skull De­stroyed,” a clay sculpture representing a skull and a bomb, which is about the future, the artist said.

“I want to show what people get” through development projects in the countryside, she said.

The exhibition is part of a series of events that will include film screenings and discussions through March 26, said Sa Sa’s artistic director, Erin Gleeson.

“Futurographies began its exhibition form in New York City,” and will be moved to Paris in April, she said. “The curatorial team wanted to speak to the countries, the shared histories and audiences.”

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