Praxissemester - Universität Potsdam

The Khmer Rouge and its Consequences
Documentation as Artistic Memory Work
Exhibition 25th January until 1st March 2015
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge forces seizing
power in Cambodia. When Pol Pot’s ultra-communist henchmen
took Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, few realised this would
trigger one of the worst human tragedies of the last century. When
the country was liberated by Vietnamese troops three years, eight
months and twenty days later, the Cambodian genocide is
estimated to have cost the lives of 1,700,000 people –
approximately 21% of the country’s population at that time. The
subsequent civil war lasted until nearly the end of the 1990s and
turned this South-East Asian kingdom on the Mekong River into one
of the world’s poorest countries. It was not until 2007 that a tribunal,
supported by the United Nations, began its work of trying senior
Khmer Rouge officials for crimes perpetrated during the Pol Pot
To exemplify how artists have critically engaged with the process of
reappraising Cambodia’s most recent history, this exhibition is
showcasing six works, all employing a documentary approach.
Crucially, these include three selected positions by Cambodian
artists Rithy Panh, Khvay Samnang and Vandy Rattana. With
their films, videos and photographic works, all three address and
explore the responsibility for coming to terms with a collective
catastrophe. As artists, they summon up the traumatic memories
passed over in silence in the political and social arenas.
Rithy Panh: The Missing Picture, FranceCambodia / 2013, 96 min. © CDP Productions
25 January – 1 March 2015
Friday, 23 January, 11 am
Saturday, 24 January, 7 pm
Free Entrance
Nico Mesterharm, Johannes Odenthal,
Kerstin Diekmann
Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin
Tel 030 / 200 57-2000
[email protected],
Tue – Sun, 11am – 7 pm
free admission for visitors under 18 years
of age and Tuesdays from 3 – 7 pm
Their works are juxtaposed with contributions by German artist
Günther Uecker, British-born photographer Tim Page and
Singaporean theatre director Ong Keng Sen.
ARTEFAKT Kulturkonzepte
Alexander Flöth & Ursula Rüter
Marienburger Straße 16
10405 Berlin
Fon: 030 / 440 10 688
Fax: 030 / 440 10 684
[email protected]