Cambodia lost a quarter of its population under the Khmer Rouge – over 2 million people. During the four years from 1975 was 1.3 million tortured and killed stacked in 20,000 mass graves – The Killing Fields. Today, this Southeast Asian country one of the poorest, but the art scene has returned with increased international recognition, and Phnom Penh vibrant nightlife – with its glitter musical subculture – testify attempt to see a future beyond this horrible darkness.
Since 2002, Laub used movie theater format in several places in the world. Portrait series Battanbang is both sad and poetic – a heart-wrenching testimony, a humanist banner project and a unique tribute to the role of art with young circus artists, dancers and visual artists, a security guard, farmers, a gardener and scavengers from the circle of NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak.
Secondly Laub staging a concert performance by the phenomenal The Cambodian Space Project, musicians and dancers from Phnom Penh and Battambang. The concert includes video projections from the prolific documentary maker Marc Eberle, who lives in Cambodia. The result is a stunning rock’n’roll circus called Galaxy Khmer, a flapping canvas nailed to the trauma, the driving of multimediasjowene from the 1960s heyday.
The Cambodian Space Project reconstructs namely pop music from this magnificent period and brings the glamor of the past into the present. The main characters of the modern cultural resurgence was like other artists and intellectuals, among the first to be eliminated under Pol Pot.
Rock Cambodia! short trailer from marc e on Vimeo .
NICK CAVE SPEAKS KHMER from marc e on Vimeo .