Chamnorng II

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Chamnorng (2015)

Thread can be used to tie one object to another. In my work, I have used string to tie the present to the past. The brutally harsh times that people have gone through have left unforgettable impressions on their minds. War came again and again, which led many to rely on ‘Yorn’ (magical cloth) to help intersect between peoples circumstances, magic, luck, wisdom and faith and prevent them from dying.

Many meaningful experiences have been shared by the Cambodian-Australian community who moved during or after the Khmer Rouge in order to find a life of peace and stability in Australia, which has now become their second home.

These memories are an important part of our history as well as important areas for people to study and understand Cambodian history and war.

"Jorng Jam I is a contemporary art and history project working with Cambodian people Phnom Penh to remember, reclaim and reinterpret Cambodian social history from before, during and after the Khmer Rouge era. The project is curated and produced by Pip Kelly. Collaborating artists are: Neak Sophal (photographer), Kim Hak (photographer), Kong Vollak (installation) and Neang Kavich (documentary film). Jorng Jam I is supported by Asialink and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts."
"Jorng Jam II is a contemporary art and history project working with Cambodian people in Queensland, Australia to remember, reclaim and reinterpret Cambodian social history from before, during and after the Khmer Rouge era. The project is curated and produced by Pip Kelly. Collaborating artists are: Neak Sophal (photographer), Kim Hak (photographer), Kong Vollak (installation) and Neang Kavich (documentary film). Jorng Jam II in Australia is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts."