It is our great pleasure to announce that our very talented resident photographer and videographer, Ms. Aurelie Fischer has her artistic work on exhibit at Penh Art Fair. While Aurelie has been documenting our work in the villages and produced many videos on aquaponics, she has also been pursuing her artistic endeavors in Cambodia during the pandemic.
Most notably, she has explored the area of Kampot where salt is harvested. Her excursions in this beautiful part of the Kingdom have resulted in the creation of a series of photos documenting this trade and exploring the theme of reflection. Her unique perspective is beautifully expressed in an article on her in the French-language magazine "Camdoge Mag". In the article, she shares the following:
“What if Alice were to lose herself in wonderland?”
“A spoon half emerged in a glass of water appears to be bent as it meets the water’s surface. We know that this is due to light refraction, which affects the way light is reflected at the surface. But this distortion is just an illusion. We can therefore think of there being two spoons: the real one that is straight, and its reflective image that is bent.”
She continues by exploring which of the two spoons are real? They both exist in the same world, but through water, they offer a different perception of reality. She invites viewers to explore this idea of the duality of this reflection between reality and illusion, and the difference between the world of imagination and reality.
Her artwork explores this theme through the lives of the salt harvesters of southern Cambodia, where the lives can be seen reflected through the prism of water, just like the spoon. The exhibit is open to the public through reservation only until June 27 in Phnom Penh. You can visit the Penh Art Fair website here to schedule a visit, and visit her website here. We encourage our supporters to discover and support Aurelie Fischer’s artwork, as it will help her continue other humanitarian endeavors here in Cambodia. You can also follow her on Instagram @ake_fischer