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War and Beauty

A Researcher in Cambodia's Troubled Times. Photo-Exhibition and Film Screening by David A. Feingold | Opening 7 February 2020 at FCC Angkor, Siem Reap,6-8 pm.

The photographic exhibition by David Feingold, anthropologist and award winning documentary filmmaker, is drawn from his many decades of photography in Cambodia.

The works include life in the refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodia Border in the 1980's, Khmer Rouge and Government military operations, and the role of dance and kingship in Cambodian cultural survival. In addition, several of Feingold's documentary films will be screened.

Themes of "War and Beauty" Event:

  1. War and its impact on the land and people.

  2. Landmines: the toxic waste of war. The ongoing impact of landmines on the people and land of Cambodia, the toll they take, and the courage and skill that are needed to remove them.

  3. The cultural survival of the Cambodian people. Many photos portray the beauty and grace of young dancers and their rigorous training. There are exclusive images inside the Site 2 refugeecamp in the mid-1980s, and later, in the 1990s, young dancers training at the National School of Ballet in Phnom Penh. This theme also includes the revival of Buddhist and non-Buddhist rituals and other aspects of daily life.

  4. The return of the King. The 1990s witnessed the slow transition from war to peace overseen by the UN. The decade ushered in the return of H.M. King Sihanouk to be King of Cambodia. It also ushered in the tensions of secular politics.

Visual moments of the exhibition:

The exhibition will travel:

7–28 February 2020, FCC Angkor by Avani, Siem Reap, Cambodia

12 March–9 April 2020, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

10-30 September 2020, Fine Arts Gallery at The American University of Paris, France

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