Vandy Rattana describes the genesis of his Bomb Ponds series. While he was taking photographs of rubber plantations for another project, Walking Through, he became inspired to learn more about the recent history of Cambodia. Curator June Yap notes that these striking, almost surreal images of water-filled craters—traces of bombing raids carried out during the Vietnam War—exhibit a degree of exoticism in spite of the features’ familiarity. Clips from the Bomb Ponds video, which feature survivors of the bombings, are also included. [September 2013]


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