Our generation has been working on things to fix and heal the illness of our parents' generation."
Kim Hak, 34, is an award-winning photographer. His work has been featured at numerous photo festivals and exhibitions around the world including; France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Slovakia, Canada, United States, Hong Kong, Thailand, Burma and Cambodia. In 2011, he won the “Residency Program” prize of the Branly Museum in Paris and second prize of Stream Photo Asia in Bangkok. In 2012, he was designated Best Artist in the “Best of Phnom Penh” issue of The Advisor, a weekly Cambodian arts and entertainment magazine. In 2013, Hak published his first photography book “UNITY” which documented the reflection of ordinary citizens after the death of King Father Norodom Sihanouk in October 2012.
Born in Battambang, Hak moved to Phnom Penh at an early age. He became interested in photography when his parents moved from one house to another, and he had to sort through some old photos of his family. I interviewed Hak to learn how he became interested in photography, why art is important to Cambodian culture and society, his journey through rediscovering his family’s history, and his hopes and dreams for Cambodia.