KEP - MODERN RUINS | 2008
The photographs are an inventory of the abandoned colonial and modernist villas in Kep Cambodia.
War and the genocidal Khmer Rouge, which was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979, left the area and the villas deserted and abandoned.
The majority of the houses remain in a state of abandonment. Many are crumbling, empty shells that have either been consumed by the invading forest/jungle or stand alone on isolated plots of land. Lots of them are still pockmarked with bullet holes from the conflict between the Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge at the end of the 1970s.
The first series of photographs focus on signs of the re-appropriation of the buildings by the local population.
The second part is an archive of the villas, still visible in 2008 - 2010.
EXHIBITION VIEW STADTGALERIE BERN CH