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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.

SREY Bandaul

Province: Battambang
Birth Year: 1973
Skill: Co Founder and sculpture teacher of Phare Ponleu Selpark

“I am a co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang province. Phare has become more and more successful and it has helped to transform the lives of many children as well as people in the community. Some students have great potential, and some have even become very talented artists for the country. To me, art is life. A life without art, is like a night sky with no moon. Every sector needs art. I think art has helped me a lot because I grew up in the war period. What I saw was killing and slaughtering, however, I could express myself and heal my feelings through drawing. It helps me to feel peaceful.”

Researcher: TOCH Borin

More Unsung Heroes

SOU Phalla
THACH Soly
Venerable PIN Sem