Leang Seckon – Art and History

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Leang Seckon was born in Prey Veng Province in the early 1970s, and thus was a child during Khmer Rouge times. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, in 2002, and has been exhibited widely in Cambodia and overseas. In 2010, Rossi & Rossi hosted his first solo exhibition in Europe. The gallery staged a major exhibition …

Allan Sekula – Fish Story, and Critical Realism

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Allan Sekula was one of the most influential documentarians working in the late 20th Century. An incisive critic, he also was part of the re-imagining of documentary, moving photography (and art, generally) away from that rather ferocious and inward-looking absorption with identity that was postmodernism. His masterwork, Fish Story, reminds me of Susan Meiselas’ Kurdistan. Both used historical and contemporary …