The Myths and Failures of Modern Khmer Architecture

Installation shot of New Khmer Architecture at SA BASSAC (image courtesy SA BASSAC)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — There is a room in Phnom Penh where the misconceptions of Cambodia’s modernization entered a strange, intimate focus. Grand stories from the 1950s and ’60s of progress, modernity, and nationalism were created together with a monumental amount of labor and cement. This tucked-away installation, New Khmer Architecturecontinuesat SA BASSAC (No. 18E2, Sothearos, St. 3, 12206 Phnom Penh, Samdach Sothearos Blvd 3, Phnom Penh, Cambodia) through December 9.

The author of this piece operated in public shows at SA BASSAC from 2016 to March 2017.