May 07 Exhibition

We can help Vann Nath the famous Cambodian painter

Solidarity night & exhibition
Bophana Center
Friday, May 07 at 6 pm

Limited printings series of Vann Nath’s painting will be available to purchase.
All proceeds from the sale will go to Vann Nath’s family to alleviate his medical expenses.

Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
64 street 200 (Okhnia Men), Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 992 174 / 092 605 127

Solidarity night and exhibition: Together we can help Mr. Vann Nath, the famous Cambodian painter next Friday, 07th May at 6pm at Bophana Center.

The Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center is very pleased
to invite you to the solidarity night and the exhibition opening:
Together we can help Mr.VANN NATH,
the famous Cambodian painter!

Friday, May 07 at 6 pm
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
#64, St 200, Okhnia Men, Phnom Penh
With the presence of Vann Nath’s children
Limited printings series of Vann Nath’s painting will be available to purchase. All proceeds from the sale will go to Vann Nath’s family to alleviate his medical expenses.

Le Centre de ressources audiovisuelles Bophana
vous invite à la soirée de solidarité et le vernissage de l’exposition de peintures :
Mobilisons-nous pour aider le célèbre peintre cambodgien, M.VANN NATH !

Vendredi 07 mai, 18h
Centre de ressources audiovisuelles Bophana
#64, rue 200, Okhnia Men, Phnom Penh
En présence des enfants de Vann Nath
Des reproductions photographiques de qualité seront mises en vente et tous les fonds récoltés seront reversés à la famille de Vann Nath et qui serviront à financer les frais médicaux.

About This Limited Edition

Together, the sketches and paintings in this collection tll the remarkable story and horrific experience of Cambodian artist Vann Nath between December 30, 1977 and January 7, 1979.

After the exhibition was first show at the Bophanna Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh, one painting was added and in Bangkok the exhibition was renamed "Endurance." "Endure" has several meanings:

  • To suffer or to continue to experience and deal with painful things.
  • To survive and to continue to exist for a long time

Vann Nath's paintings tell the story of his own suffering and survival. But they are also symbolic of Cambodia's suffering and survival, and they are a testament to his own and Cambodia's endurance that enables them to prevail over tragedy and pain and continue to embrace life.

The paintings and sketch in this collection are of profound historical significance. The scences depicted are based on the actual experience of the artist. They illustrate one of the darkest chapters in recent human history. Vann Nath's art is not angry, but it shouts the truth about human suffering and death under the Khmer Rough regime in Cambodia. The paintings and sketches also provide a stark warning of the human rights abuses that can, and do, occur in contemporary societies when imperfect people act in secret without checks, or when good people watch terrible things happening and do nothing.

Now the collection is being issued as a limited edition of 79 numbered and signed copies, 79 being symbolic of the year Vann Nath escaped imprisonment and almost certain death and the year that Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, was liberated from the Khmer Rough. The full collection includes fine art prints of 12 paintings and 14 sketches. Each print is signed and numbered so taht it retains its authenticity and value outside of the full collection.

Bophanna generously provided the computer files that were used to make the fine art prints in this collection, which were produced by friends of Vann Nath without pay. All of the profits from the sale of this collection go to the artist to help alleviate this medical expenses due to kidney disease.

Any and all parts of the works in this collection are the copyrighted property of the artist, Van Nath, and no part may b reproduced in any form without his expressed permission.

Scene Descriptions

  1. Arrest in Battamband
  2. Joinging Another Prisoner I Know
  3. Interrogation at the Kandal Pagoda
  4. Locked in Wooden Stocks
  5. Waiting for the Tranport Truck
  6. In the Truck to Phnom Penh
  7. Upon Arrival at S-21 Prison
  8. Dragged into Toul Sleng (S-21)
  9. Being Photographed at S-21
  10. Locked in Steel Shackles
  11. Living Alongside the Dead
  12. Escorted to See Duch
  13. Interviewed by Duch
  14. Seeing Myself in a Piece of Mirror
  15. First Good Meal
  16. Painting Pol Pot for Duch

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