Ben Valentine

Post image for A Dancer Carves a Queer Space in Classic Khmer Performance

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Prumsodun Ok deeply loves classical Khmer dance.

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Post image for In Phnom Penh, an Artist Confronts the City’s Deadly Traffic

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — In Phnom Penh, cars drive like motorcycles, motorcycles drive between lanes and on sidewalks, and even the police don’t seem to care much about traffic lights.

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Post image for An Artist Attempts to Draw the Entire History of Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY — At times the downtown here can appear as one great, big construction site — gleaming Chanel storefronts arise around the corner from propaganda posters.

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Post image for Photographing the Forgotten Vietnamese Widows of Japanese WWII Soldiers

When we talk about Japan and Vietnam in the 1940s, we discuss World War II, invasions, colonialism, and other monumental events that unfolded in this part of the world, but sent ripples across the globe.

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Post image for In Cambodia, War Widows Share Their Stories Through Art

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — The Cambodia War Widows Project, which began seven years ago as a social practice project exploring photography as a form of art therapy, is now having its first gallery installation in Cambodia.

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A City Where Trees Tweet

by Ben Valentine on July 6, 2016

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The 2010s have settled into their own, and now even the trees get their own hashtag campaigns and Twitter handles.

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Post image for The Business of Making Custom Clouds in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Somewhere in the city, there are white Mercedes Benzes, peace signs, and hearts floating up into the sky.

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Post image for Vietnamese Artists Respond to Marine Disaster Through #IChooseFish

In early April, a disturbing sight appeared on the central Vietnamese coast.

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Post image for The Human Stories that Bind Cambodia and Vietnam

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — What makes a border?

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Post image for A Contemporary Khmer Dance and Poncho Designed for Rain

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — The sun sets, the stage lights turn on, and the conversations pause.

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