“Spectral Memories of the Screen: the After-Life of Cambodia’s Heritage Cinemas”
In the framework of the Exhibition "Preserving Cambodia’s Heritage Cinemas: Memory, Architecture, and Oral Histories", in collaboration between The Roung Kon Project and Jessica Austin.
July 3 – July 19
Photography and text by Jessica Austin, Fulbright Scholar 2016-2017
– A guided walk-and-talk session: July 7th at 5:30pm, English language with translation to Khmer
– A reception with presentation by Jessica Austin on the topic of “Social History of Cinema in Cambodia”: July 14th at 6:30pm, presentation in English, guest: Roung Kon Project
In this photo series by Jessica Austin, portals and points of light in the darkness suggest a gateway into the past lives of cinemas in Cambodia. Photos taken inside old cinemas in Kampong Cham, Battambang, Kampot, and Kratie invite the viewer to enter these public spaces that have had many lives and now exist between memory and obliteration. The photos and information provided hope to inspire and sensitize the public to the history of Cambodia’s cinemas and the research and
preservation efforts that are happening today.