Those Who Came Back

A photo exhibition about second generation children of Cambodian refugees reconnecting with Cambodia (2017). 25 photos, 25 stories, 10 nationalities. 

In the '70s and '80s many Cambodians suffered from the war. Large groups fled the country, mainly to the United States and France. Their children grew up abroad. In recent years some of these 2nd generation children came 'back' to Cambodia for internships, to do jobs or to set up businesses, but also to reconnect with their roots. They see the country of their parents in their own way. They discover more of their roots and more of their identity. They root in the country themselves. How is it for them to reconnect? How do they experience Cambodia? What do they think of it and what does it do to them to be here?

The exhibition comprehends 25 pictures, taken at the interviewees favourite places in Cambodia. Each picture has a written interview of 2 to 5 pages. For this website quotes are taken out of these interviews. The original exhibition was held at Meta House, the Cambodian-German cultural institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from December 7-15 2017. 

Slideshow of the exhibition:


Slideshow for an impression of the exhibition at Meta House (opening night, other events and closing night):