Visualising the Climate Crisis

A visual storytelling mentoring programme and exhibition by the NOOR Foundation featuring works by 12 photographers from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos PDR and Thailand.

Exhibition: 19 Jan - 2 Feb 2024
Exhibition Guided Tour with Artists: 11am / 27 Jan 2024
Venue: Chocolate Garden (Siem Reap)

Join us on Saturday, 27 Jan at 11am for a guided tour with the photographers and with the presence of  Mr. Jeroen Boonzaaijer, the Second Secretary of the Embassy of The Netherlands in Thailand.

  • Wan Chantavilasvong (Thailand) Ocean Plasticosis
  • Tran Thai-Khuong (Vietnam) Tears of the Dragon
  • Van-Nhi Nguyen (Vietnam) Come and See
  • Southida Manixay (Lao PDR) The Solid Waste Dilemma
  • Roun Ry (Cambodia) The Last Mangrove
  • Saobora Narin (Cambodia) Male Dove
  • Satita Taratis (Thailand) Parallel World
  • Sirachai Arunrugstichai (Thailand) ph7.8
  • Duy Dao (Vietnam) Rust
  • Jittrapon Kaicome (Thailand) Burning Cornfields
  • Nguyen Thanh Hue (Vietnam) The Shrimp Hugs the Rice Plant
  • Ponita Keo (Cambodia) Beauty and the Pigs

The climate crisis is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. A delicate balance has been tipped over, unleashing a series of chain consequences the scale of which we are yet to grasp. As we witness the intensification of the crisis, we must come to terms with the fact that the complexity of the matter underscores a very simple fact: change is the only way forward. Acceptance, adaptation, and mitigation are our only chances to thrive in an uncertain future.

For eons, humans have relied on storytelling as a way to share knowledge, overcome the unknown, and pass on wisdom from one generation to the next. Being a carrier of collective memory, storytelling holds the very key to the future. We believe that images hold immense power, capable of creating an impact like no other communication tool. Visual storytellers hold the potential to make a critical difference in our understanding of the climate crisis, functioning as a bridge between complex science, political strategies, economic interests, and citizens.

For these reasons, the NOOR Foundation supported by The Kingdom of The Netherlands and ASEF created a dedicated space wherein authors from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos could come together to work, share, and learn from one another.

Guided by award-winning visual storytellers Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands) and Linh Pham (Vietnam), the twelve authors worked on stories close to home in mainland Southeast Asia. The reality portrayed paints a strong picture: the climate crisis is here, right at our front door, and with it entire ecosystems mutate, migrate, and go extinct, and the chain of life they support changes irrevocably, often driven to the brink of collapse.

One thing transpires from all the work with a crystal clear definition: If we are to stand a chance we are to recognize that the magnitude of this unprecedented crisis requires us to come together and act now. We hereby share with you twelve stories, twelve seeds of change, and invite you to water these seeds, to share, care, and grow together into something larger and more powerful than the sum of us.



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