Using The Loud Speaker As An Instrument Of Fear While Killing | Leang Seckon

Using The Loud Speaker As An Instrument Of Fear While Killing 2009 | Drawing 25,5 x 43,3 Inch

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This work by Leang Seckon is a reflection on his past and the country of his birth. The fabric in the centre of the work is a traditional Cambodian garment called a "krama". The krama is used to protect the wearer from the sun or from dust.

The artist has surrounded the krama with a brick wall, to emphasise the sense of confinement. The striking feature of this work, which condemns a period of war, is the contrast between the violence of the subject and the childlike illustrations.

The work contains 29 identity photographs, in black and white, of young Cambodians. The number reminds us of their isolation. Underneath the photographs, we see drawings of Cambodian people and their torturers and understand that the artist is depicting his country's history, the period of the Khmer Rouge. At the top of the work, Cambodian flags flutter in a wind of ultimate hope and freedom, while loudspeakers are set against barbed wire. The artist is in a state of both condemnation and confinement.

With the omnipresent spectre of war and violence, Seckon also aims to convey the unquenchable fire of the spirit and the culture of the Cambodian people.

In his recent exhibitions, the artist showed pictures and collages around the theme of the skirt his mother wore during her pregnancy and his childhood, using it as an allegory for his memories of growing up in Cambodia. Today, he is critical of the mass tourism that he fears could also destroy Cambodia's culture.