of Absence: a Cambodian Story”
January 11, 2000
exhibition presents a group of work which ponders the absences produced
as a result of the Pol Pot era. How do the missing and murdered affect
the living? What traces of the dead haunt the present? How can the
reasons for so many absences be understood and set to some kind of
rest by those who come after? As time goes on, how are killings and
their causes remembered or forgotten, repressed or made into myth?
exhibition is generated by a larger international project called “The
Legacy Project” which aims to assemble art work produced in
a wide range of societies that have suffered from trauma during the
20th century. Working with Reyum, The Legacy Project distributed a
statement and a series of questions asking Cambodian artists to respond
to their theme. The works which resulted are exhibited here. Some
of the works displayed will be chosen for inclusion in an international
exhibition which the Legacy Project will sponsor in 2001.
full color catalogue with an essay by the curators accompanies the
exhibition and illuminates more fully its aims and reservations.