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arts4peace Festival

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
November 14-24, 2019

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Unsung Heroes

The Unsung Heroes Project aimed to identify people from around the country who have dedicated their time to reviving, preserving, and developing the arts. We wish to express our gratitude for the work that they have done. We worked with nine local researchers, who traveled to every province to identify and interview artists and cultural practitioners. For the past 6 months, they have met and interviewed people who have dedicated their lives to the arts. During the festival we featured stories from 25 of the Unsung Heroes that we discovered on that journey. This exhibition was created by TAN Vatey and Sinta WIBOWO.

SO Phuong

Province: Preah Sihanouk Vill
Birth Year: 1959
Skill: Musician and melody composer (retired artist)

“I am very thankful to my music skill because it saved my life while I was a prisoner in Pol Pot regime. The prisoner guards did not kill me because they kept me to play music serving their events. Music has helped to generate my family income until now. I think peace refers to the absence of war, sufficient food, good living conditions and physical and mental wellbeing. Art can create peace because it forms friendship and unity. Artists need to help each other through creating artwork and achievement as well as taking part in the society.”

Researcher: Ou Buntheng

More Unsung Heroes

SEAN Sophal
SOU Phalla