justice, art, memory
Tasked with the Justice, Art, Memory Project (J.A.M.), our team of writers, legal affiliates, and photographers from Access to Justice Asia traveled to Cambodia to collect and document the narratives of the indigenous lowland Khmers, or “Khmer Kraom.”
In 2003, the Cambodian government along with the United Nations established the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to prosecute senior Khmer Rouge leaders responsible for the deaths of nearly 3 million citizens during 1975-79. However, despite the gains that the ECCC has made in facilitating the active participation of victims from the genocide, the Khmer Kraom remain a largely underserved community due to their geographical, historical, and cultural ties to Vietnam.
The Justice, Art, Memory Project, therefore, aims to provide a voice for the voiceless by creating an open and nurturing space for Khmer Kraom victims to remember and share their experiences of the genocide. Utilizing oral history and documentary photography, the project allows both subjects and viewers to move beyond victimization and to engage with a community and culture vastly different from their own.
For additional information about Access to Justice Asia and the project, please visit Justice, Art, Memory (J.A.M.)™ Program. To view my final report, please visit Photography in Sites of Survival – Challenges in the Cambodian Context.