June 2018

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Asia Motion Newsletter - June 2018

SINGOS by Veejay Villafranca

SIGNOS, by Veejay Rius Villafranca is a finalist for the Invisible Photographer Asia 2018 awards in both the documentary and photo book category#IPAAwardsAsia

Signos is about the lives of the people displaced by extreme weather occurrences in the Philippines. As typhoons get stronger, water levels rise and farmlands dry out, the country is faced with the reality of climate change. Signos illustrates these different environmental scenarios, further complicated by humanitarian issues such as inadequate relocation, livelihood security and human trafficking.

"The numbers and figures alone are astounding, but nothing captures the country's vulnerability to climate change quite like images. Veejay Villafranca has spent the last six years in the Philippines photographing the impact of these extreme weather events." - @time TIME Magazine

"This is the psychological toll that the world hardly sees, and that those who are “resilient” are left with each day when the dust of all the aid workers and media has settled. " - @v_a_n_t_a_g_e VANTAGE/Medium

you can Purchase and overview the book HERE ---> https://www.mapabooks.com/bookstore/

Left 3 days by Remissa MAK

LEFT 3 DAYS, by Remissa MAK is a finalist in the Art Award of the Invisible Photographer Asia Awards 2018. #IPAAwardsAsia.

Like other Cambodians, some of my family members died from the killing, starvation, forced labor and torture under the Khmer Rouge regime. Most of those who have survived the regime do not wish to recall such painful memories nor do they try to remember in order to avoid continues emotional suffering. Therefore, the story of the genocide that happened between 1975 and 1979 in Cambodia has faded gradually away from people’s mind, like smoke being blown away by the wind. Indeed, we, Cambodians, don’t want such a tragic and painful event to ever happen again in our motherland. That is why, right now, in order for the next generations to know our history so that it won’t disappear with the passage of time, it is important to reconcile the victims with the view of mending their fragile memories and emotional suffering.

“Left 3 Days” is a keyword to recall some memories during my childhood at that time; particularly on 17 April 1975 when Khmer Rouge troops took control and occupied the capital city ‘Phnom Penh’. On that day the earsplitting gunfire shots could be heard for miles around the city. For every shot fired, a shiver would run down my spine. The soldiers clad in black -most were very young – ordered all residents to leave their homes for three days, even patients had to leave the hospitals without any clear information. My family hide in our house over a night, hoping the situation may change for the better. However, to our dismay, the capital city that was once so lively and rich with life became a ghost town.

As ordered, everyone was evicted out of the capital city. The only living human beings left were the Khmer Rouge troops that kept searching for any people who remained, they went from house to house. Due to the worsening situation, my father decided to leave Phnom Penh the next day.

I wish to dedicate this work as a memorial to my respectful father, grandfather and three uncles as well as all the victims who died during the heinous Khmer Rouge regime.

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LEFT 3 DAYS

Like other Cambodians, some of my family members died from the killing, starvation, forced labor and torture under the Khmer Rouge regime. Most of those who have survived the regime do not wish to recall such painful memories nor do they try to remember in order to avoid continues emotional suffer...

Julien Poulson 'RIDERS ON THE STORM: SEX DESPAIR JOY EVIL BEAUTY' exhibition at One Eleven Gallery in Siem Reap Cambodia.

RIDERS ON THE STORM: SEX DESPAIR JOY EVIL BEAUTY is an artist's map showing the echoes and reverberations of lives lived boldly through space and time. It describes a brief history of Cambodian in 12 canvases. This series is also a personal journey, it's about the birth, life and death of Kak Channthy - Julien's beloved co-founder of The Cambodian Space Project.

Opening 27 JUNE 2018 - 27 JULY 2018 at One Eleven Gallery in Siem Reap Cambodia

For more info please follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/229872661134696/

SINGOS by Veejay Villafranca

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