“Masters” production footage — MATTHEW BOGOSIAN
International living treasures —vital safeguards of an ancient national heritage through the devastation of genocide. As envisioned by Arn Chorn-Pond: a nationwide installation of iconic billboards to stand as triumphant, organic monuments to Cambodia’s post-war rebirth through the arts: a beacon to the world.
An initiative responsible for the founding of The Vanderbilt Republic, this gift to Cambodian Living Arts is intended to serve the Cambodian cultural renaissance.
Phase One (2009), focused on the creation of a new photographic iconography by George Del Barrio. Purposeful, iconic portraiture of the souls at the heart of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance could establish a lasting document to serve as touchstone for current and future imaginations everywhere.
Photo/cine production funding was sourced through Kickstarter with matching funds from the Fresh Sound Foundation. This landmark crowdfunding success introduced a new energy to this universally-relevant story of cultural rebirth.
With the assistance of Mauricio Quintero and key advisory/translation/cultural ambassadorship by Arn Chorn-Pond, a large-format portrait archive of CLA’s masters was created by George Del Barrio. In parallel, interviews with a broad selection of the portrait subjects were directed by Dwayne Shaw × Jonathan Wolff. Executive production by Matthew Bogosian for both nationwide teams with the assistance of esteemed colleagues Sarin Chhuon, Sambor Om, Pov Punisa & Chap Vithur.
Phase Two (2013) was a monthlong cultural festival in the Brooklyn way to celebrate the Season of Cambodia, an historic city-wide celebration of Cambodian arts and humanities staged in venues throughout New York City.
Produced in collaboration with by K2imaging, Higherself, Root [post], Drumscanning.com, Decades Out, Gowanus Girls & Gowanus Print Lab, Forward culminated in the first reveal of the Masters portraits as life-sized c-prints with the first Photographic Monument as birthday fundraiser for the Khmer Magic Music Bus.