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Observance and Memorial: Photographs from S-21, Cambodia

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© Courtesy of The Royal Ontario Museum
Observance and Memorial: Photographs from S-21, Cambodia

100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
Canada
September 22nd, 2012 - March 10th, 2013
Opening: September 22nd, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.rom.on.ca/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Downtown / University
PHONE:  
416.586.5524
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Thu 10-5:30; Fri 10-8:30; Sat-Sun 10-5:30
TAGS:  
photography

DESCRIPTION

This new exhibition presents one hundred photographic prints made from original negatives abandoned by the Khmer Rouge at the notorious S-21 secret prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They will be presented with important historical context that is necessary to properly understand them as artifacts of genocide, not simply as compelling photographic portraits.

Observance and Memorial raises profound questions about the instability of civil society, mass killings, the destruction of heritage & culture, memory, migration, identity, and the responses of legal and spiritual institutions to genocide.

Viewers who are introduced to this nearly incomprehensible period of history may react with powerful emotions, so a space for contemplation and reflection is an important part of the exhibition. A wide range of public lectures, films and performances will also be presented.