We had a packed second day of the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops and we hope you have enjoyed making new friends and reuniting with old ones.
The day started with portfolio reviews by esteemed photographers who have kindly volunteered their time and the opening Invisible Photographer Asia’s (IPA) first traveling edition of the IPA Photobooks Showcase.
We spotted Kevin Lee, founder of the IPA, carrying a suitcase and a large bag containing 80 photobooks from photographers all over the world. Kevin has also roped in curators from Hong Kong and China to chip in with their selection of noteworthy photobooks.
“The idea is to expose young photographers to the works of a diverse group of talents,” Kevin said when met at The Loft.
Later in the evening, we hopped on our tuk-tuks to The 1961 for Kim Hak’s “Alive” opening reception at the contemporary art gallery.
It was a relaxing time as guests were treated to complimentary drinks courtesy of our partners Celliers d’Asie and Cambodia Beer, while enjoying Hak’s newest body of work on the possessions that the older generation of Cambodia had kept during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Hak even brought an old kettle, a plate and spoon belonging to his mother that were part of the exhibition’s installation.
After that, it was time for the festival’s third projection evening, which ended with a special presentation by Patrick Chauvel, who spoke about ‘Ceux du Nord’, a collection of images by North Vietnamese photographers during the Vietnam War.
The night continued with the second BlowUp@Angkor projection at Laundry Bar by the Blindboys.org, a community-based collective that aims to bring access to photography to public spaces.
Having partnered with APF for the fifth year now, Akshay Mahajan, co-founder of the Blindboys has brought in some 400 images from all over the world to be displayed via a mobile screen and projector.
Many of the images are also taped on cloth which is then displayed in public spaces such as roadsides. It also has a pop-up studio whereby anyone may have their portrait taken against the backdrop painted in India.
“We want to show good photography works in public spaces apart from the enclosed spaces which these photographs are usually placed,” Akshay said. “This is to enable more locals to enjoy photography works as we believe many of them are visually literate.”