“Masters” production footage — MATTHEW BOGOSIAN

 
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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. 

 
Clockwise from top left —    Dwayne Shaw   ,    Matthew Bogosian   ,    George Del Barrio    &    Mauricio Quintero    c.2009

Clockwise from top left — Dwayne Shaw, Matthew Bogosian, George Del Barrio & Mauricio Quintero c.2009

 

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 ChhuonSambor OmPov 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.

 
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The Forward Festival (2013) was designed by The Vanderbilt Republic × Khmerican to champion Cambodian culture at Gowanus Loft with a monthlong program of immersive experiences.


Produced in collaboration with by K2imagingHigherselfRoot [post]Drumscanning.comDecades Out, Gowanus Girls & Gowanus Print LabForward 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.

 
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CHAOS COOKING CAMBODIA

CO-PRODUCED BY GOWANUS GIRLS

11 APRIL 2013

Theda Jackson Mau,
DJMR. + The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Chaos Cooking    Cambodia  at   Gowanus Loft   —  if heaven had a potluck…    The spontaneous 100-course meal returns to kick off the  Forward Festival!  Be inspired by Asian/international cultures when selecting your dish, or go for it and cook Cambodian! Think globally, cook what you like! Registration is $20 and includes a glass of rice wine + surprises! Everyone must cook a dish to share (& bring a bottle of wine to pour). It’s BYO everything: utensils, pots, pans, ingredients, sense of adventure!

Chaos Cooking Cambodia at Gowanus Loftif heaven had a potluck…

The spontaneous 100-course meal returns to kick off the Forward Festival! Be inspired by Asian/international cultures when selecting your dish, or go for it and cook Cambodian! Think globally, cook what you like! Registration is $20 and includes a glass of rice wine + surprises! Everyone must cook a dish to share (& bring a bottle of wine to pour). It’s BYO everything: utensils, pots, pans, ingredients, sense of adventure!

Photographs by Jazzmine Beaulieu

 

 

I AM PEACE: DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

CO-PRODUCED BY HIGHERSELF

17 APRIL 2013


Venerable Thor BunthoeunHector Marcel + Phatry Derek Pan 

From 1975-1979 the   Khmer Rouge   enslaved, tortured and killed over 1.7 million Cambodians in one of the most lethal regimes in history. During these brutal years, Pol Pot and his totalitarian party attempted to eradicate Cambodia’s rich culture through massive forced relocations and the systematic persecution of artists, intellectuals and teachers — any voice of dissent.   The Khmer Rouge had a saying:    “To keep you is no benefit. To destroy you is no loss.”        The  ‘I Am Peace’ Day of Remembrance  is a candlelight vigil, dharma talk + open mic to honor the departed through creative self-expression. Admission is free, registration required. Limit: 100.  Encircling this evening of teaching, speaking & healing will be an installation of crowd-sourced names to offer for remembrance, inscribed on the columns of the   Gowanus Loft   project space. All are invited to participate.   7p  — doors open, wine + tea service (shoes off)  8p  —   Venerable Thor Bunthoeun  +  Venerable Oung Bunsim  , blessings  9p  —   Hector Marcel  , forgiveness dharma talk  10p  — I Am Peace open mic hosted by   Phatry Derek Pan

From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge enslaved, tortured and killed over 1.7 million Cambodians in one of the most lethal regimes in history. During these brutal years, Pol Pot and his totalitarian party attempted to eradicate Cambodia’s rich culture through massive forced relocations and the systematic persecution of artists, intellectuals and teachers — any voice of dissent.

The Khmer Rouge had a saying: “To keep you is no benefit. To destroy you is no loss.”

The ‘I Am Peace’ Day of Remembrance is a candlelight vigil, dharma talk + open mic to honor the departed through creative self-expression. Admission is free, registration required. Limit: 100.

Encircling this evening of teaching, speaking & healing will be an installation of crowd-sourced names to offer for remembrance, inscribed on the columns of the Gowanus Loft project space. All are invited to participate.

7p — doors open, wine + tea service (shoes off)
8pVenerable Thor Bunthoeun + Venerable Oung Bunsim, blessings
9pHector Marcel, forgiveness dharma talk
10p — I Am Peace open mic hosted by Phatry Derek Pan

Photographs by Jazzmine Beaulieu

 

 

CAMBODIAN MODERN ARTS FESTIVAL

CURATED BY PETE PIN

20 APRIL 2013


BochanJL Jupiter, Michelle Kim, Thavary Krouch,
Peter Pa, Pete Pin, 
LinDa SaphanSeoun Som, Roy Suon + Kham Tor 
 

There has been a paucity of reflection within our community about the legacy of the    Killing Fields   . Many of us learned about the genocide from the internet and documentary films; generational traumas often make conversations non-existent at home. For others, a language barrier exacerbates the silence — many in the diaspora cannot speak Khmer. We are the literal manifestation of    Pol Pot’s    attempt to    erase    Cambodian culture.   In spite of this, there’s a growing movement of empowered young Cambodians who use media and art to explore their cultural identity, political/historical circumstances, and experience. We carry the dual responsibility of decoding complex personal histories while contributing to the narrative of a people just one generation from the horrors of genocide. I am convinced that justice and healing must emerge first and foremost from the collective will of the people.   The arts are a testament to this, to the continued vitality of the Cambodian people, to the fact that Pol Pot failed to destroy us, and that in spite of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties of rebuilding, we cannot and will not be silenced.      PETE PIN   CURATOR

There has been a paucity of reflection within our community about the legacy of the Killing Fields. Many of us learned about the genocide from the internet and documentary films; generational traumas often make conversations non-existent at home. For others, a language barrier exacerbates the silence — many in the diaspora cannot speak Khmer. We are the literal manifestation of Pol Pot’s attempt to erase Cambodian culture.

In spite of this, there’s a growing movement of empowered young Cambodians who use media and art to explore their cultural identity, political/historical circumstances, and experience. We carry the dual responsibility of decoding complex personal histories while contributing to the narrative of a people just one generation from the horrors of genocide. I am convinced that justice and healing must emerge first and foremost from the collective will of the people.

The arts are a testament to this, to the continued vitality of the Cambodian people, to the fact that Pol Pot failed to destroy us, and that in spite of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties of rebuilding, we cannot and will not be silenced.


PETE PIN CURATOR

Photographs by Jazzmine Beaulieu

 

 

“MASTERS” — A NEW ICONOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHS BY GEORGE DEL BARRIO

27 APRIL 2013


ROOT [post]Gowanus Print Lab + K2 Imaging 

drumscanning.com     4000dpi Drum Scans     ROOT [post]     Color Grading & Digital-C Output Supervision     Printspace     30” x 40” Digital-C Prints     K2 IMAGING    x    AARON HARROW       Photographic Monument       GOWANUS PRINT LAB     Silkscreen Tees       Imagine 90% of your culture’s artists, exterminated… Consider the significance of the 10% that remain.  From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge killed 1.7 million Cambodians in an all-out assault on culture; artists were prime targets.  “Masters” are the surviving cultural protectors, and it is my profound honor to introduce them to you.        GEORGE DEL BARRIO     PHOTOGRAPHER

drumscanning.com 4000dpi Drum Scans
ROOT [post] Color Grading & Digital-C Output Supervision
Printspace 30” x 40” Digital-C Prints
K2 IMAGING x AARON HARROW Photographic Monument
GOWANUS PRINT LAB Silkscreen Tees


Imagine 90% of your culture’s artists, exterminated… Consider the significance of the 10% that remain.
From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge killed 1.7 million Cambodians in an all-out assault on culture; artists were prime targets.
“Masters” are the surviving cultural protectors, and it is my profound honor to introduce them to you.


GEORGE DEL BARRIO PHOTOGRAPHER

Photographs by Jazzmine Beaulieu

 

 

“MASTERS” / CLOSING

A FUNDRAISER TO LAUNCH THE KHMER MAGIC MUSIC BUS

4 MAY 2013

 

Arn Chorn-Pond + Seyma WaterekAaron HarrowJonathan Schnapp 

An evening of BBQ, open bar, epic spectacle and intimate performance with all proceeds to support the creation of   The Khmer Magic Music Bus  .   EXHIBITION VIEWING + OPEN BAR  4p  PERFORMANCES BY ARN-CHORN-POND & SEYMA WATEREK  6 & 7.30p   DJMR.   +   JONATHAN’S   BBQ +   PHOTOGRAPHIC MONUMENT   9p

An evening of BBQ, open bar, epic spectacle and intimate performance with all proceeds to support the creation of The Khmer Magic Music Bus.

EXHIBITION VIEWING + OPEN BAR 4p
PERFORMANCES BY ARN-CHORN-POND & SEYMA WATEREK 6 & 7.30p
DJMR. + JONATHAN’S BBQ + PHOTOGRAPHIC MONUMENT 9p