11:00–20:00・Aug 19, 2022–Aug 28, 2022・Spiral Garden Art Gallery 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
Rei Foundation Limited is proud to present “Alive IV,” an exhibition in Tokyo and Yokohama featuring new work from Cambodian artist Kim Hak. ‘Alive IV’ presents approximately 40 photographs and accompanying texts that center on the personal belongings of people who fled Cambodia during and after the civil unrest of the 1970s.
Many Cambodians were forced to flee their country to escape oppression, massacre and war under the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s. They left their homes with few possessions: only the most valuable or practical items were brought along on this difficult journey. Kim Hak, born in 1981, became interested in this period of history and the personal memories of what happened to his parents’ generation, and in 2014 he started the project “Alive” by visiting survivors of the Khmer Rouge era and documenting their belongings and their stories. Beginning by interviewing his own parents, “Alive” has since developed into chapters in Brisbane, Australia in 2015 and in Auckland, New Zealand in 2018, creating opportunities for dialogue between individuals and generations about the experiences of survivors in these communities.
In 2020, Kim Hak traveled to Japan on a fellowship from the Japan Foundation Asia Centre with the goal of meeting and creating work with Cambodian communities, mainly in Kanagawa Prefecture. “Alive IV,” the fourth chapter in the series, is structured around the stories of 13 Cambodian families, which include both former international students unable to return to their country due to the turmoil in Cambodia in the 1970s, and those who came to Japan as refugees in the 1980s.
Image credit: Kim Hak, “NOTEBOOK AND LACE BLOUSES (MRS. SAM SONN, BORN IN 1956 IN KAMPOT, LIVES IN KANAGAWA)” from Alive Project
Date:Aug 19, 2022–Aug 28, 2022
Spiral Garden Art Gallery
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku