1 / 4       From the exhibition Left 3 days. © Remissa Mak/Asia Motion.

2 / 4       From the exhibition Left 3 days. © Remissa Mak/Asia Motion..
3 / 4       During the visit to the exhibition Left 3 Days by Mak Remissa/Asia Motion. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
4 / 4       During the visit to the exhibition Left 3 Days by Mak Remissa/Asia Motion. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

Left 3 Days

17th April 1975. The Khmer Rouge enters Phnom Penh. A bloody dictatorship begins that lasted until January 1979, producing a real catastrophe whose proportions are still uncertain and controversial, but according to estimates by Amnesty International at least 20% of the population of the whole nation has disappeared. Four years of terror, killings, torture and famine that devastated Cambodia and which started with the evacuation of the capital. Mak Remissa lived those days and, like the majority of the population, has also been able to count victims in his family. His childhood memories, at that time he was just four or five years old, regarding his escape from the capital imposed by the regime. A path that led from Phnom Penh towards the land of origin of his father, in the province of Kampot, in the middle of the smoke and the crackling of weapons, to an impressive number of bodies floating in the canals or ponds, so as to make it extremely difficult even to find water. Forty years later the memories of those terrible days experienced by the child, who today has become a photographer, have been proposed again, in a kind of iconic catharsis in the images displayed in Siem Reap. Reconstructions of scenes impressed in the memory of Mak Remissa, appear extremely accurate in the painful reconstruction of the nightmare scenarios experienced by people forced to flee their homes in the city without clear explanations. The atmosphere is dark, almost infernal. Between smoke and dust emerge, barely seen, human figures or vehicles that only at a closer viewing are revealed to be cut out sometimes even done a little roughly. The evocative power is strong and, perhaps, its undefined contours make it believable as an expression of memory. In fact, learning the interpretation of the work, one can not but remain subjugated by the tension and anxiety that it transmits and makes the viewer live all the anguish of a sudden evacuation without explanation and human logic.
A very pleasant outdoor setting between the Festival offices and the centre which hosts portfolio readings, offering its maximum at dusk when the lights for the illumination of the prints are turned on. The only possible note of criticism is of the quality of the prints, which appear to be the opposite ends of the colour spectrum compared to the images provided by the press office. The work still deserves attention for its quality and its depth, and soon readers of FPmag will see it in the pages dedicated to the portfolio. [ S. I. ]

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LEFT 3 DAYS
by Mak Remissa (Asia Motion)
Official Festival Center | December, 5th 2015 - January, 5th 2016
admission fee: free entrance

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Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA)
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published on 2015-12-06 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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