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Traces of Trauma

Cambodian Visual Culture and National Identity in the Aftermath of Genocide

Boreth Ly (author) David P. Chandler (Series edited by)
Rita Smith Kipp (Series edited by)

ISBN: 9780824856069

Publication Date: Dec 2019

Format: Hardback

How do the people of a morally shattered nation find ways to go on living? Cambodians confronted this challenge following the collective disasters of the American bombing, the civil war, and the Khmer Rouge genocide. Boreth Ly explores the "traces" of this haunting past in order to understand how Cambodians deal with trauma on such a vast scale.
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How do the people of a morally shattered culture and nation find ways to go on living? Cambodians confronted this challenge following the collective disasters of the American bombing, the civil war, and the Khmer Rouge genocide. The magnitude of violence and human loss, the execution of artists and intellectuals, the erasure of individual and institutional cultural memory all caused great damage to Cambodian arts, culture, and society. Author Boreth Ly explores the "traces" of this haunting past in order to understand how Cambodians at home and in the diasporas deal with trauma on such a vast scale.

Ly maintains that the production of visual culture by contemporary Cambodian artists and writers–photographers, filmmakers, court dancers, and poets–embodies traces of trauma, scars leaving an indelible mark on the body and the psyche. His book considers artists of different generations and family experiences: a Cambodian-American woman whose father sent her as a baby to the United States to be adopted; the Cambodian-French film-maker, Rithy Panh, himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, whose film The Missing Picture was nominated for an Oscar in 2014; a young Cambodian artist born in 1988–part of the "post-memory" generation. The works discussed include a variety of materials and remnants from the historical past: the broken pieces of a shattered clay pot, the scarred landscape of bomb craters, the traditional symbolism of the checkered scarf called krama, as well as the absence of a visual archive.

Boreth Ly's poignant book explores obdurate traces that are fragmented and partial, like the acts of remembering and forgetting. His interdisciplinary approach, combining art history, visual studies, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, religion, and philosophy, is particularly attuned to the diverse body of material discussed in his book, which includes photographs, video installations, performance art, poetry, and mixed media. By analyzing these works through the lens of trauma, he shows how expressions of a national trauma can contribute to healing and the reclamation of national identity.
Illustrations 29 colour, 7 black & white illustrations
Pages 190
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2019
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Series Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory
Series Part 32
Subject/s Art, Photography & Architecture   History of art / art & design styles   Art forms   Asian history   Theatre studies   Art styles not defined by date   Sculpture   Genocide & ethnic cleansing   War crimes  
Boreth Ly is associate professor of Southeast Asian art history and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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