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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Danh, Binh
Culture:American, born Vietnam, (1977- )
Title:Ghost of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum #3, from the series In the Eclipse of Angkor: Tuol Sleng, Choeung Ek, and Khmer Temples
Date Made:2008
Type:Photograph
Materials:Daguerreotype
Place Made:Asia; Cambodia
Measurements:Overall: 11 7/8 in x 9 9/16 in x 1 5/16 in; 30.2 cm x 24.3 cm x 3.3 cm; Frame: 11 7/8 in x 9 9/16 in x 1 5/16 in; 30.2 cm x 24.3 cm x 3.3 cm; Plate/Image: 7 15/16 in x 6 in x 1/16 in; 20.2 cm x 15.2 cm x .2 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2012.5.1
Credit Line:Gift of the artist
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Description:
Portrait of a child from the waist up with short hair and dark eyes wearing a loose-fitting floral top and the printed numberd "373" around his/her neck.

Label Text:
Binh Danh poetically alludes to the fragility of life through unique photographic processes, including chlorophyll printing. In this series, he preserves the memory of children who were among the estimated 2 million people killed during the Khmer Rouge’s regime of terror in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. Using photographs taken at the Tuol Sleng prison before executions, Danh’s remarkable technique starts with the creation of a negative transparency of each child’s likeness. Using a sheet of glass to securely hold the negative overtop a living leaf and exposing it to sunlight, Danh is able to harness the natural process of photosynthesis to develop one-of-a-kind images, which he then sets in resin. Each leaf bears witness to a life abruptly cut short in one of the 20th century’s most devastating genocides. In the daguerreotype from the same series, Danh uses the antiquated silver-plate process to create a haunting and highly-reflective image. The glass-like surface forces us to confront our own reflection as we view the portrait of a young Cambodian girl.

2017

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