Eva Sutton's Fringe Dweller's Exhibition
Eva Sutton’s (Professor, Photography) “Fringe Dwellers: Life on the Edge in Cambodia” is viewable on line at the Forward Thinking Museum, a completely irtual exhibition space. Click here to stroll through the exhibition.
In Eva’s words “It is a nation of wanderers. From rural villagers, evicted by government land grabs, to those migrating to the city in the fragile hopes for a better life, Cambodia is a poignant example of a global phenomenon of displacement, which has complex causes with a common theme: leaving and arriving, putting down tenuous roots, only to be uprooted again. Rural migrants becoming the urban poor, living in makeshift squatter communities, are an increasing part of the global population, now numbering over one billion, according to recent United Nations estimates. War, genocide and the current climate of government corruption have displaced much of Cambodia’s people, a population of “fringe dwellers” perpetually on the move.
While some of the photographs, (taken from 2005-10,) document a harsh and precarious life, many of the pictures also depict the pride in ownership and extraordinary enterprise which signify hope and the will to thrive, despite extraordinarily difficult circumstances.”