Klashorst made this series in S21 in Cambodja in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
Klashorst has been working at lot from cities as Bangkok, Mombasa and Phnom Penh. In 2011 he did a show at the Tuol Sleng, S21 the former Khmer Rouge prison (Cambodia). In honour of the victims of the Khmer Rouge’s terror and genocide that took place from 1975 to 1979 in Cambodia, Peter Klashorst created an impressive and sometimes very confronting set of around 50 paintings.
The show got world wide attention (The New York Times and Herald Tribune).
“People in the West often believe that these events of brutal oppression only happened in the past. But even right now, in the so-called civilized western world, innocent people from poor countries are put behind bars. Authorities in the rich countries arrest them, take their pictures, interrogate them and prepare dossiers, just to deport them as illegal immigrants and send them back after months in jail. That is also an issue that fuelled this work, and makes this exhibition not only a tribute to those who died at S-21, but also to those innocent people who are suffering in prisons all over the world right now and are unable to be free in this world that God created for all of us”, says Klashorst.
This painting is painted on canvas with different techniques, mostly spray painted.
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