Cambodia Rediscovered Opens at Bophana Centre
Bophana Centre presents CAMBODIA REDISCOVERED: LIFE AFTER THE KHMER ROUGE, a photographic exhibition by Australian tourism industry director Paul Cummings from Feb. 15 to Mar. 15.
Initilly visiting the country in 1983 to prepare for the first tourist groups after the end of the Khmer Rouge era, Cummings had unusual access not only to the tourist sites of the country but also the schools, factories, villages and scenes of everyday life. His exhibit shows 23 of the 500 images from the 1980s which have been donated to the Bophana Centre’s database, revealing daily life in Cambodia at a time when the country was just starting to rebuild itself and to recover from the physical and emotional damage of the Khmer Rouge years.
“I have tried to document a Cambodia poised between war and peace, between revolution and normality and capture something of the lives of people at a crucial stage in the country’s history,” says Cummings.
The opening event on Feb. 15 will start at 6pm and photographer Paul Cummings will give a talk during the evening.