The golden age of Cambodian cinema, a period that lasted from 1960 to 1975, survives mostly in memory as many of the films were destroyed, and actors and directors killed, by the Khmer Rouge shortly afterward. This work, compiled during trips to Phnom Penh between 2017 and 2019, reimagines elements from this missing archive through reenactments and interpretations of oral remnants. A fanfiction existing at the borderlands of myth, history, and collective memories.
“I’m surrounded by landscapes of memory. The stories are still alive in their minds, but the visual source is no longer there. Absorbed by nostalgic fantasies I’m creating my own fiction, a fanfiction. Somebody else’s idea of somebody else’s world.”