On May 3rd John Burgess’ exhibition “Cambodia reawakening – One year after the Khmer Rouge” opens for the first time in Siem Reap. Anjali House’s young adults have joined forces with John Burgess, a former journalist for The Washington Post, and accompagnied the photos with their thoughts and feelings on the history of the country.
The exhibition depicts the journey of John Burgess, who arrived in Phnom Penh in April 1980 with one of the first reporting visas granted by the country’s new government following the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge. Over the next two weeks, he explored the capital and traveled by car around the Tonle Sap, with stops in Siem Reap and Battambang. He found a country that in some places was stuck in the horrors of the past and in others was fast springing back to life, driven by the boundless energy and ingenuity of its people.
Our young adults, representing the young generation of Cambodians who did not witness the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, have studied the photos of the exhibition and expressed their responses and feelings. Some have created poems, some have written stories or personal reflections. Each text has been printed in English and placed next to the photo that inspired it.
We invite you to come to the photo exhibition from May 4th to May 17th from 10 am till 10 pm daily at Footprint cafés. The exhibition is free of charge.
The opening event will take place on Wednesday May 3rd at 7 pm at Footprint café and has a $10 entrance fee, donated directly to Anjali House. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.