Kanitha will start tomorrow evening her project. Her first approach is to screen an old Cambodian movie from the 1960/70s. At this time Cambodia had very creative and busy cinema productions, as well a prospering visual art culture. Those elements of visual culture disappeared after the war (175 – 1979) and its aftermath until the 1990s.
The film Kanitha is showing is about very poor people, which are living in a small hut, those people are happy with what they have. Kanitha will screen this film to her neighborhood. This area is in danger to be completely evicted due to the development of this region. In this area there was a very big lake, the Beoung Kak Lake, which has been filled in until only 10 % of water resource is left. It is very unsure what will happen with the remaining families.
Kanitha will invite her neighbors to watch the film together in her wooden house/ or in front of it (if there is no rain). This intimate atmosphere is Kanitha’s first step in her project but also gives her the opportunity to explain her project to them.
After tomorrow’s screening Kanitha will work with five families on the construction of a house – or lets say the interior of a house. Its not Kanitha’s house (thou, she is providing her house for the installation), and its not the house of the families anymore. They will transform it to a different shape, atmosphere and function, which are representing not anymore one family but many. This project will end in an exhibition in the transformed house, which will be held on this July 23. Kanitha then will categorize all objects, give those back to the owners and will collect new objects as representatives for the Berlin exhibition in February.