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cambodia, melancholic energy, Cambodia was the journey with the deepest emotional impact. The one that made me question, more than others, my role and my work. Years after, I still carry double feelings about what Iíve seen and

cambodia, melancholic energy


Cambodia was the journey with the deepest emotional impact. The one that made me question, more than others, my role and my work. Years after, I still carry double feelings about what Iíve seen and experienced. We travelled hundreds of kilometers, jet-lagged and with my hurting head banging against the body of an old jeep on a dry bumpy road waiting for the monsoon to fill its holes. The day before we had already met some urban communities in a refugee camp, displaced by futuristic infrastructure projects.

It took me and my painful head a while to understand that the desolated lands we were crossing were luxuriant forests just few years before. By then, hectares and hectares of flat land dotted with tiny oil palm trees. What remained of the forest community welcomed us under the shadow of a wooden hut, temperatures reached 40 plus degrees that day and kids were coming back from school. A land rights activist showed us photographs documenting their protests against investors grabbing their land for plantations, two siblings joined us curious to hear the stories behind those animated images.

Iíve met the tropical stillness and melancholic energy of a wounded country- Iíve learned more from what Iíve felt, than from what Iíve been told. In the words of Tiziano Terzani, whose book ďFantasmiĒ [Ghosts, on the Cambodian Genocide] I was reading during the journey: ďCapire serve, ma la cosa fondamentale è sentireĒ [Understanding is useful, but the fundamental thing is feeling].

[year : 2012]




cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy
cambodia, melancholic energy

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