Between Fantasy and Reality, May 7 - June 3, 2012
Photography from Cambodia
Exhibition Dates: May 7th – June 3rd, 2012
Location: Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas St. West, Toronto
Open daily from 9 am to 11 pm
Wednesday, May 9 2012, 6 - 9 pm
'Between Fantasy and Reality' brings together six Cambodian artists who, in different ways, document both the real and imagined transformation of their physical and cultural landscape. All born in the 1980s recovery period after the official fall of the Khmer Rouge, these artists belong to a generation who now make up over 50% of the population today - a generation that has adapted their lifestyles in rapid succession due to such introductions as reliable electricity, televisions, computers, the internet, multi-story malls, escalators, and traffic lights, to name but a few.
Raised during such a highly transitional time, as photographers, they are committed to exploring the tensions and documenting change between existing (often ancient) practices currently being altered by various global trends. Their topics and images, as well as the medium of photography itself, in turn provoke new perceptions of Cambodia and thus complicate fact and fiction, fantasy and reality - both for the photographer and the viewer.