Les procès de Phnom Penh rappellent au monde entier l'ampleur des crimes commis par les Khmers
rouges. Alors que l'ancienne génération, meurtrie, tente d'obtenir justice, les jeunes prennent le relais
pour reconstruire le pays. Comment les Cambodgiens vivent-ils cette période de transition ? Une
programmation de films, deux débats et une exposition proposent une réflexion sur cette question.
Veteran Cambodian painter Vann Nath opened his gallery and exhibition space at the Kith Eng Restaurant in Phnom Penh to the public on July 1, displaying paintings documenting his time at Tuol Sleng (S-21), the notorious Khmer Rouge prison.
Feb 1 - Feb 27, Foreign Correspondence Club of Thailand “Endurance,” depicts Vann Nath's story of capture, interrogation, imprisonment at S-21 (Tuol Sleng) prison and ultimate survival. More than14,000 men, women and children were sent to Tuol Sleng – only seven survived, of whom Vann Nath is one of three who remain alive today.
Roughly 17,000 people entered S-21. Only seven people came out alive. Now one survivor has written the story of what happened inside the hellish Khmer Rouge prison and torture center better known as Tuol Sleng.
Turning suffering into beauty - through capturing the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unspeakable brutality - has been a hallmark of Vann Nath's life and work. As one of only three living survivors from Tuol Sleng prison, his paintings provide an artistic record of the genocidal regime.
When Vann Nath was asked to paint his vision of the future, he chose his brightest colors and produced a lush bouquet of flowers, topped by a radiant butterfly.
It was a bitter joke.
The flowers make up a tiny corner of a painting that is filled with horror — a dark catalog of disaster and death, of war and suffering, with hungry vultures, flashes of lightning and piles of human skulls ...
Trained as a sign painter in Battambang, in northwestern Cambodia, in the 1960s, Vann Nath was enjoying a comfortable, if modest, existence painting signs, billboards, and private portraits when the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975 ...
Vann Nath, 62, is one of seven survivors of the Khmer Rouge secret prison known as Tuol Sleng or S-21, where 14,000 men, women and children were interrogated, tortured and executed during the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime ...
An artist produces art that is a direct manifestation of his or her experiences. Sometimes the experiences are so profound that they dominate the themes and styles of the art produced. It's been said that ifs difficult to shake the past and even more difficult to create a future ...