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An Equitable Exhibition

i Mar 18, 2013 Comments Off by

Currently exhibiting at Rik Reay gallery space: Art for Equity

Featuring illustrations produced for Equitable Cambodia, by Sen Samondara, ‘Vuth‘, and Tek Tevin.
Since 2006, Our Books has regularly worked to produce hundreds of illustrations to help explain Cambodia’s legal code.

Originally produced for Bridges Across Borders‘ Paralegal Manual, the illustrations have been recycled for numerous special interest publications. ‘BAB’ recently rebranded as ‘Equitable Cambodia‘, and has a wide range of programs and publications aiming to increase understanding and participation in Cambodia’s legal system.

This exhibition will run through April 30th and will rotate a variety of pictures by the featured artists.

Street 178, daily from 6am to 12 noon: #69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Prum Vannak art – from traffickee to honoree

i Mar 12, 2013 Comments Off by

Artist Prum Vannak has been a unique supporter of the anti-trafficking movement.  As a web exclusive for Our Books, he shares a few scenes from his eventful life in the last year.

After escaping from labor trafficking, Vannak’s friends in his rural Pursat village didn’t believe him. So he drew about it,  laboriously detailing his time trapped on a fishing boat.

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“A lot of migrants are trafficked to work on fishing ships in the gulf of Thailand and Malaysia. They work day and night, with no time to rest.”

It didn’t go unnoticed. His expressive and heartfelt drawings took him to meetings, workshops and eventually recognition from the US State Department.

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Workshop at Immigration Department in Taiwan, 2012.

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Meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=M2NhZjU2MTVkNjJkZGE0YWU3Mzk2OTVkMDNlYTMz

http://blogs.usembassy.gov/todd/2012/09/26/combating-slavery-%E2%80%93-then-and-now/

Publishers have taken interest in collecting the artist’s works as a graphic novel, and we’ll share more news as plans progress.   When he’s not busy fighting the good fight, Vannak is looking to branch out into commercial illustration.
You can read more about Prom Vannak on his artist profile page.