⇧ 15 AUGUST – 6 SEPTEMBER
Soft Monument (2019) is an exhibition that looks to subvert the way the Khmer Rouge Regime has been memorialised in Cambodia. Stupas, large scale monuments erected to memorialise the Khmer Rouge Regime hold the bones of its victims in carelessly stacked mounds. This exhibition contests these sites and instead focuses on the proper memorialisation of the Khmer Rouge’s victims to promote healing amongst survivors and their descendants.
The exhibition engages with the materiality of Joss paper, a paper traditionally burnt and used in a Chinese-Cambodian ritual to remember past ancestors. The work softly and subtly hints towards the ongoing trauma caused by the genocide through the use of Joss paper and highlights the absence of the proper treatment of the bodies of Khmer Rouge victims. The space opposes the confrontational sites in Cambodia, which remain tokenistic gestures predominantly catering towards tourists rather than the Cambodian people they are intended for.