PHOTOGRAPHS AND EXHIBITIONS

 

 

 

... known as, "A FORCED MARRIAGE" photo from Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979).

Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia discovered this photo in 1996. Twenty years later, in August of 2016, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum reported that it has the photographic negative. In September of 2016, the head of the S-21 photography unit, Nhim Kim Sreang, testified at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and confirmed that it was he who took this photograph at a Khmer Rouge prison, called S-24. This photograph shows the wedding of Nun Huy aska Huy Sre (left) and Prok Khoeun aka Prak Samuth (right). Huy was born in 1951 and served as head of the Khmer Rouge re-education center at Prey Sar, also known as Office S-24. Prey Sar was part of the central internal security complex in Democratic Kampuchea, which also included Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. One prison document, dated 23 July 1977, reports the killing of 18 prisoners at S-24 and bears a note saying "also killed 160 children today for a total of 178 enemies killed." Duch, who oversaw both S-24 and S-21, testified this week that Huy was killed after the escape of his radio operator from Prey Sar. Huy's wife, Prok Khoeun (b. 1953), was an official at S-24 until June 1977, when she became the deputy of an interrogation team known as the "hot group" at Toul Sleng. Source: Documentation Center of Cambodia, Document No. D1175 and K08273. Credit: Photo from S-24, Nhim Kim Sreang, Head of S-21 Photography Unit (Toul Sleng Genocide Museum.) Photo courtesy of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam Archives).

Photo caption by Dr. John D. Ciorciari, Esq.
Senior Legal Advisor to DC-Cam

   

Name: Nhem Yean, Male, Age 21 (1977)

Joined the [Khmer Rouge] Revolution: 2 September 1973

Position: Combatant

Home Village: Thlork Vien Sub-district, District 12, Region 31, Kampong Chhnang Province.

 

 

DC-Cam has in its possession over 6,000 photographs taken during Democratic Kampuchea, as well as in the periods immediately before and after the regime.

 

DK Leaders Poster

DK Leaders (double click on photographs to read a biography)

Photographs from the PRK (by Province)

Photographs from DC-Cam: Stilled Lives

Photographs from Toul Sleng (S-21) prision

Photographs from Laos

Photographs from the Archives of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany

 

To view additional photographs, please click The Cambodia Tuol Sleng Image Database. These are photographs (e.g., “mug shots” from S-21 prison) that DC-Cam has scanned with the permission of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Please note that before any of the images from this database can be reproduced, written permission must be obtained from either DC-Cam (dccam@online.com.kh) or Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (chvisoth@yahoo.com).

 

DC-Cam welcomes the addition of photographs (or scans of photographs) to its archives. Please contact: Morm Sophat, Coordinator

 

 

Museum of Forgiveness and Reconciliation 

 

Museum Exhibitions

 

Exhibitions in Cambodia. Two of the photo exhibitions we installed during 2003 at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (one on Former Khmer Rouge during DK and Today and the other on the regime’s top leaders) continue to be displayed and receive favorable comments from Cambodian and international visitors alike.

 

 

From Cambodia: “I feel extremely pained. Without the Pol Pot regime, I would have met my grandfather, my grandmother, my uncle, and my aunts. Pol Pot’s group were such beasts.”

 

“What happened was bad and horrifying, but what is worse is that the Khmer Rouge was never brought to justice.”

 

“After I visited Tuol Sleng and saw the photos exhibited, I still don’t understand the purpose of Pol Pot, and that Khmers killed their own people. So, the only way to give peace to the victims is to try the surviving Khmer Rouge leaders.”

 

From the UK: “Seeing is believing, to remember and never forget. Why should this happen, again and again? Will there ever be a last time? Will we ever learn? Rest in peace forever, all you innocent people. I will carry this visit with me always.”

 

From the USA: “I think this exhibition is very inspired. What was committed will never be forgivable. But the opportunity to give voice to those forced into Khmer Rouge servitude – for fear of their own lives – adds much to trying to understanding the atrocities. Seeing them in your beautiful (and technically very talented) photos as villagers today makes one realize how very recent and unfinished this is.”

 

From Ireland: “Your photo exhibition is excellent, depressing, real, and disturbing. It takes a lot of courage to be honest and real about what happened here at this ‘school.’ The people of Cambodia are strong and brave, and I am left feeling sick and stunned.”

 

 

In 2004, we mounted a new Forensics exhibition at Tuol Sleng. It contains photographs of 10 skulls excavated from Choeung Ek (the “killing fields” south of Phnom Penh where Tuol Sleng prisoners were executed) and other parts of Cambodia, accompanied by text explaining the type of trauma to each skull. This exhibit seeks to demonstrate the value of forensic evidence in documenting the Khmer Rouge’s crimes against humanity. It is also intended to educate the public about the types of information that can be scientifically gathered from victims’ remains in order to prove and record evidence of murder/genocide. (Because some Cambodians are uncomfortable with the idea of boxing human remains, we house the skulls in a separate room at Tuol Sleng, which is open only to officials.)

 

 

From the UK: “Thank you for the cogent presentation of a truly unbelievable period of your past history. History must never be allowed to repeat itself. I hope for a peaceful rebuilding of a new future, where lessons are learned.”

 

From Australia: “May the work carried out here play a positive role in bringing the perpetrators of these inhuman crimes to justice. Seeing the exhibit gives me a sense of shame, that I can be part of a species that does this to itself, but also hope, in the smiles of Cambodians and their determination to keep on surviving. This must never be forgotten and it must never happen again.”

 

 

 

In 2005, we will mount an exhibition called Stilled Lives, a photo essay on the lives of 51 former Khmer Rouge. This exhibition will be shown at Tuol Sleng and Rutgers University in the United States.

 

 

Some Quotes from the Stilled Lives Exhibit Guestbook

at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum:

 

From Cambodia:

 

When I saw this horrifying exhibit, in my mind, I seem to be seeing the killings going on, as if they were not finished yet.

 

I am An Sam At, called Paoch. I am a novice monk in Siem Reap. This is the first time I came to visit Tuol Sleng Prison. I have seen it and have been frightened and angry, and felt pity and regret.  Nothing can compare to it in my imagination. I never understand enough. Only today did I fully understand that Khmers from the old regimes were very brutal. We in this generation will not follow in their footsteps.

 

From two teachers in Denmark:

 

It makes me feel sick, but that’s the way history should be taught! Well done!!

 

From Sweden:

 

A beautiful exhibition of such terrible events. May we not only look upon it and say that we shall remember, so that it will never happen again, but learn from it to prevent anything of this kind from occurring in any country on our earth.

 

From the USA:

 

For the people of Cambodia to still exhibit kindness and compassion amongst a history of such cruelty and poverty is truly an extraordinary and inspirational demonstration of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. May your story be told the world over, in hopes of encouraging others to maintain their humanity when the world around you seems so devoid of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Other Worldwide Exhibits. We have supplied the Washington State Genocide Museum, the Chicago Killing Fields Museum, the new Rwanda Genocide Museum, Brazil’s Instituto Sergio Motta, and several individuals with photographs that have been used in exhibitions (nearly the entire collection of the Washington facility, which is the first Cambodian genocide museum in the United States, was provided by DC-Cam). In 2005, we will contribute to exhibits at Rutgers University and Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation. An Exhibition at Rutgers University. The Khmer Rouge, Then and Now: A Photographic History. The Second Exhibition at Rutgers University: "Night of the Khmer Rouge: Genocide and Justice in Cambodia."

 

 

 

 

Painting by Bou Meng
A survivor of S-21

 

 

 

 

Painting by Sum Rithy
A survivor of Khmer Rouge Prison in Siem Reap Province

 

 

 

 

 International Exhibition 2008

 Gunnar in the Living Hell

   

t Brochure

t Exhibition (Eng)

t Exhibition (Kh)

t Photos

 

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17 April 1975
Genocide in Cambodia

 

A Permanent Exhibition of the Documentation Center of Cambodia

 

 

 

 

Memorandum of Understanding Between Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam)

 

     

 

The Forced Transfer:

 

  t Announcement  
  t The Second Evacuation of People During The Khmer Rouge Regime: English Version | Khmer Version  
  t Bringing the Khmer Rouge Exhibition to the Local Community: The Opening of the Exhibition on "The Forced Transfer: The Second Evacuation of People During the Khmer Rouge Regime"  
  t History endures: the Opening Ceremony of an exhibition entitled "The Forced Transfer: the Second Evacuation of People during the Khmer Rouge Regime" at Kampong Thom Provincial Museum  
  t Report: The Opening Ceremony of an exhibition titled "The Forced Transfer: The Second Evacuation of People during the Khmer Rouge Regime" at Sihanouk and Takeo Provincial Museums September 9-17, 2014  
  t Report: The Opening Ceremony of an exhibition titled "The Forced Transfer: The Second Evacuation of People during the Khmer Rouge Regime" at Siem Reap, Svay Rieng and Kratie Provincial Museums December 2014  
  t Report on Follow-up Trips to Review the Exhibition on "The Forced Transfer: the Second Evacuation of People During the Khmer Rouge Regime" at Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang and Svay Rieng Provincial Museums  
       
  t THE URNS: Nothing is permanent  
     
  t   UNTAC: War, Landmine, Genocide