statement

The Cambodian Journal is an album of drawings that traces a woman artist’s journey living in Cambodia among survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide that claimed over a million lives. The Cambodian Journal takes place between 1994, after the cease fire ended the long civil war and established a fragile democracy, and the first Cambodian national elections of 1998. Through her artwork, the artist bears witness to the trauma of war as well as the journey of recovery as seen through the visual observations of daily life. As Cambodians rebuilt their shattered communities, the artist discovered the resiliency of the human heart and learned that the grace of the Cambodian spirit thrives even under extraordinary circumstances.

about the artist

Valentina DuBasky