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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Chhay Kanha


Since the beginnings of photography, the portrait has been a genre continually practiced by artists fascinated by the human face, its expressions, and its ability to reveal an individual. It has multiple uses, from “detective work” to the display of glamour. For tragic reasons linked to its history and also because they allow the affirmation or questioning of identity, portraits have occupied an important place in Cambodia. In a completely original way, this young photographer, who worked with Philong Sovan’s group at Studio Image of the French Institute, has taken up the complex issues offered by shadow, reflection, and projection. In a troubling way, she succeeds in making several images of the same person co-exist in a single frame, confronting her model with its variations in the same shot. She doubles, multiples, accumulated, and confronts representations, screens, and real people. But which is which? Which is the real one? Only the image? Only the double, or the triple? Where is the original? And who am I, finally, the one creating these images?

Born in 1984 in Cambodia. Lives and works in Cambodia. Graduated in English of the Institute of Foreign Languages and student of Studio Image.

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