When Pol Pot’s brutal army ordered 2 million citizens of Phnom Penh out of the city to work in the fields as part of the programme of agricultural reform, they were only able to take very few possessions. They gathered up only what was most precious and most practical.
Award-winning photographer Kim Hak grew up in Cambodia hearing the stories his parents and extended family told of the harrowing existence they suffered under the Khmer Rouge regime. His exhibition Alive showcases 40 photographic works as well as some of the actual objects that were taken with people as they were forced out of their homes during that time, including items belonging to 12 families who eventually relocated to New Zealand.
Alive is showing at Objectspace, 13 Rose Rd, Ponsonby from June 2 – July 21
For further information, visit objectspace.org.nz