Landmine art is resurfacing in Phnom Penh tonight at Java Café and Gallery with the launch of Siem Reap-based ardent workshopper Sasha Constable’s new exhibition, entitled Life Beyond.
This features linocuts, installations, documentation and large-scale paintings.
Some of the works at the exhibition tell the stories of landmine survivors such as The Wine Maker, who lost his leg whilst serving in the military and now makes his living brewing a rice wine, and The Butcher, who oversees the slaughter of a young cow for a village feast.
Demining outfit The Halo Trust donated visors worn by people clearing mines, and these form the basis of the installation work at the exhibition. Constable has painted the faces of members of a family who live in an area newly-cleared of mines onto an illuminated visor.
The exhibition coincides, roughly, with Cambodia hosting the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, which will take place in Phnom Penh from November 27 to December 2.
It is being hailed as “the largest international meeting ever held in the Cambodia”, with more than 1,000 participants from governments, international organisations and civil society groups expected to attend.
Life Beyond is on display at Java Café from October 19 to November 20.