August 3, 2012
by fosco lucarelli
“There is a Khmer proverb that says: you can hear something a thousand times and not know it, yet if you see it with your eyes just once, you know.” -
A series of photographs taken by Vandy Rattana (a self-taught documentary photographer, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice), while traveling in the former America-Vietnam war sites.
These bomb craters are called today “Bomb Ponds” in khmer language and testify of the 2,756,941 tons of explosives dropped by the US military between 1964 and 1975 across Cambodia.
This work is exhibited at dOCUMENTA 13, in Rotunda section of the Fridericianum Museum in Kassel.