Children of Angkar #5, 2021
10 x 8" Daguerreotype in a 14 3/4 x 12 1/2" case sealed with Optium Museum Acrylic & mat
Ed. of 10 + 5APs
Vietnamese-born photographer Binh Danh [b. 1977, Vietnam] creates work that investigates his cultural heritage and memory of war. For the above series, Danh visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh which houses an archive of the victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia and photographed many of the portraits on view. For CASE, he chose an image of a young child and printed the portrait with the 19th c. Daguerreotype process. This printing technique renders each glass plate differently, creating ten unique images honoring one of the victims of the killing fields, whose fate is unknown. Danh’s family fled to the United States two years after he was born, and continues to observe the Buddhist tradition of honoring his ancestors.
Proceeds donated to Pour un Sourire d’Enfant’s, an NGO that helps Cambodian children escape destitution by providing them with decent, skilled, and well-paid jobs.