Cambodia: Witness to Change is an eight-year retrospective exhibition that highlights the ongoing documentary study of Cambodia by students of the Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Established in 2010, the Cambodia In-Field Documentary Study Program provides the opportunity for students to engage with the people of Cambodia through documentary storytelling. Students must research and connect with the NGOs they wish to work with before arriving in Cambodia. Each student spends between three days to a week with their NGO, documenting the work that the NGO does and the benefactors of the work. This is hard, confronting work, but it is important – the stories that have been developed over the years have travelled far and wide to aid in NGO development, and in educating Australians about Cambodia.
In 1997, the Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (otherwise known as the Ottawa Treaty or Mine Ban Treaty). One of the members of the CMC is John Rodsted, who continues to work tirelessly to document and see to the eradication of UXO (unexploded ordnance). As an Adjunct Professor with Griffith University, Rodsted has lent his expertise and leadership to the study program, introducing students to fellow CMC members who remain dedicated to the cause. Along the way, the program has worked with organisations such as the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), MAG (Mines Action Group), HI (Humanity and Inclusion - formerly Handicap International), NPA (Norwegian People’s Aid), APOPO, JRS (Jesuit Refugee Services) and others.
Over the past eight years, the Cambodia In-Field Documentary Study Program has educated nearly 100 students and placed over a dozen graduates into professional roles in the region, bit first and foremost; it continues to raise awareness for Cambodian NGO developments.
The Power of Documentary Storytelling in Amplifying the Stories and Voices of Marginalised People
4 & 5 Aug 2018, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Come along to hear a talk from Dr Heather Faulkner, Program Director, Photography, about this topic. All welcome; free to attend.
The Cambodia: Witness to Change exhibition is part of the Griffith Creative Arts Room, part of the Griffith University activities, which includes Regionally Speaking, a project that brings together arts practitioners from ASEAN to deepen their regional understanding and strengthen their collective voice as cultural advocates and leaders across the region, and ASEAN + Australia: Strengthening Soft Power and Partnerships - a Diplomacy Roundtable convened by Griffith Asia Institute.
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