Bonreach KLENG

About The Artist

Cambodia-based amateur photographer Bonreach Kleng (b. 1995) currently holds down a full-time position as a public school teacher in Phnom Penh, while studying towards a graduate degree in pedagogy. Photography remains a passion; she was a participant in the Studio Images workshop organized by the French Institute of Cambodia in 2020, which afforded her first-hand experience in the photography industry. Her series, Shadow of My Father, was part of her graduation project at Studio Images, and also her first solo photographic work.

Bonreach KLENG

" I started taking photographs during the pandemic in early 2020. This series is about the memories I shared with my late father. I spent time finding the moment and place where I can feel the presence of my father. I took most of my photos inside my home which means I have to create something out of nothing."

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About The Artwork

Shadow of my Father

Digital Image

Shadow of my Father is based on the memory of the artist’s father, who passed on from leukemia two weeks after her graduation from university. The loss, as she recounts it, was devastating both for her personally, and her family. Dressed in her father's clothes, Kleng negotiates the emotional terrain represented by the empty spaces in their home, capturing the void at the core of both. She writes: “I am an amateur photographer. I started taking photographs during the pandemic in early 2020. This series is about the memories I shared with my late father. I spent time finding the moment and place where I can feel the presence of my father. I took most of my photos inside my home which means I have to create something out of nothing. In donning the clothes that he wore when he was alive, I try to fill the now unoccupied space in my mother’s heart. Like my own shadow, the memory of my father follows me everywhere I go. To me, photography is a safe, therapeutic where artists can be themselves and express who they are.”

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