praCh @ Harvard 2012

May 7 – May 31, 2012

The Living Magazine: Cambodia

This exhibition memorializes The Living Magazine: Cambodia, an international literary and cultural event that explored issues surrounding writing, publishing, and free expression in Cambodia. This year’s event (the second of its kind at Harvard) featured the work of writers Samkhann Khoeun and Chanbo Keo; rap artist and activist praCh ly; and current Scholars at Risk fellow Tararith Kho; and included contributions from the Angkor Dance Troupe and members of the Harvard community, including Steven Pinker, Stephen Greenblatt, and undergraduate students. Together, the participants created a living sanctuary for a culture of resistance that is severely threatened in Cambodia. The event, which took place on April 24, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. in Harvard’s Barker Center, was broadcast live by Voice of America, one of the most prominent news sources in Cambodia. This exhibition, curated by Scott Roben ’12 and Nicolas Jofre ’13, includes photographs of the event itself, as well as personal objects contributed by The Living Magazine participants.

 

FEEDBACK : Jane Unrue

THE LIVING MAGAZINE: CAMBODIA took place at Harvard University’s Humanities Center on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012. This was an international literary and cultural event with special focus on issues surrounding writing, publishing, and free expression in Cambodia. “The Living Magazine,” as members of a packed house, including many Cambodians, were informed in prefatory remarks, “is not a printed volume, not even what we might refer to these days as a ‘virtual publication,’ – but a boundless place, a poetic space in which freedom of expression and open exchange of ideas and truth reside; a place where there are no restrictions on research, where no topics are forbidden, where sharing is encouraged, and where writers and readers need not be afraid. This magazine cannot be censored; this magazine cannot be banned; this magazine cannot be eliminated.” This year�s installment of the Magazine (the second at Harvard, the first having been dedicated, in 2010, to writers from Iran, China, and Burma) featured the work of Samkhann Khoeun, who gave an educational, intimate, and moving presentation on the Cambodian refugee experience; Chanbo Keo, who discussed aspects of her life’s work as writer and publisher and shared a candidly autobiographical and unforgettably wrenching expression of the suffering taking place in and beyond the Killing Fields; renowned hip-hop artist praCh ly, who, in a fearless solo performance resonating with authenticity, vulnerability, and indomitable force, astonished young and old alike with the immediacy and timelessness of his brilliant musical and poetic talent; and Harvard Scholars at Risk fellow Tararith Kho (assisted by his translator Aisha Down), who dazzled with his extraordinary poetry. Kho also served as �Editor� of the event, which opened with his frank and powerful, printed and spoken letter about the state of free expression in his country, and closed with a performance from the tale of Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso, performed by Monica Veth of Lowell’s Angkor Dance Troupe, celebrating its 25th anniversary this October. THE LIVING MAGAZINE: CAMBODIA, a collaborative and collective celebration of freedom and statement of solidarity, included presentations from distinguished members of the Harvard community, including Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Marks, Steven Bloomfield, and Steven Pinker, along with contributions from undergraduate members of the new Harvard College Students for Scholars at Risk student group, founded and led by Nadia Farjood, Ivet Bell, and Nicolas Jofre. The event was covered by Voice of America-Khmer and was open to the public.