A Photographic Partnership

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The Paris Peace Accords in October, 1991. AFP

A special photo exhibition will be held in Siem Reap in October to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords.
 
The Peace Accords, signed on October 23, 1991, marked a historically significant moment for Cambodia when different groups united for peace.
 
The photo exhibition to honor this process, titled Resilience, will open on October 1 and run through to November 30 at the Constable Gallery at Large in Siem Reap in collaboration with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and its planned Cambodia Peace Museum.
 
The exhibition will feature three well known photographers whose work is synonymous with Cambodia: Tim Page, George Nickels and John Rodsted. 
 
“Resilience weaves together a collection of remarkable photographs to break through the technical dimensions of a peace process, to show the human story of a country coming back together after decades of conflict,” the organizers said.
 
Nikki Singer, the Peace Museum team leader at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, said the organization had talked with Sasha Constable – the Constable Gallery owner – about organizing the exhibition. 
 
“We’ve been talking with her for about a year,” Singer said, “because we’re in synergy with the kind of work Sasha has done in Cambodia over the last 20 years.”
 
Singer said the selection of photographers for the exhibition was “a partnership” as Constable had previously worked with the well-known Page and Nickels, while the Peace Museum had contact with Rodsted, an Australian photojournalist involved with landmine work.
 
“We had a nice selection between us,” she said, adding that Rodsted had already donated a batch of photos to the museum taken from 1994-1995 which depict “people who survive landmines and demining activities.”
 
Photographer Page is also scheduled to be a guest speaker at the Resilience exhibition’s opening night on October 23, where he will impart first-hand accounts of his time in Cambodia during UNTAC, the United Nations peacekeeping operation that followed the signing of the Peace Accords.
 
A fundraiser is now underway to bring Page to Siem Reap from his home in Brisbane, Australia.
 
Some of Page’s photographs will also be shown on October 22 at the Peace Museum Masquerade Gala at Le Meridian Hotel in Siem Reap, which will help raise funds to build the Cambodia Peace Museum in Siem Reap.
 
The museum’s team leader Singer said the gala is part of the organization’s first round of fundraising leading up to 2017, the major fundraising year with plans to start building the museum in 2018.

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