관리자 2020-09-05 15:17
Born in 1980, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Lives in Paris, France, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Currently lives in Tokyo, Japan
VANDY Rattana, Bomb Ponds, 2009, C-print, 101×121cm (9)
The artworks of Cambodian visual artist VANDY Rattana straddle observational photojournalistic images and abstract art production. Rattana began his practice in 2005 as a photojournalist but has since developed his own peculiar point of view. Today he understands his photos as fictional, poetic, and abstract constructions. In his artistic practice, Rattana addresses the violent history of his native country by documenting the wounds from the past that are still visible—but often neglected and forgotten—in Cambodian nature. In the series Bomb Ponds (2009), calm and understated images show the craters from American bombs dropped during the Vietnam War and villagers tell their memories of the bombings. Rattana’s work is concerned with the lack of physical documentation of the chaotic past of Cambodia and with the processes of survival, resilience, and healing.