From Asian Pacific Coalition:

Submissions accepted until Thursday April 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Description of Event:

Event: Cambodian Genocide Commemoration
Cosponsored By:
United Khmer Students, Critical Asian Pacific-Islander Students for Action, and the Asian Pacific Coalition
April 23rd, 2011 from 5-8 PM
Sunset Canyon Recreation Vista Room

During the reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (1975-1979), nearly two million people lost their lives through forced labor, starvation, and political executions. On this day, we commemorate those who lost their lives during this tragic period in Cambodian history.  As a community, we will come together to remember, dialogue, and begin the process of healing.

Call for Visual Art and Writing:

During the Cambodian genocide, the Khmer Rouge destroyed art and literature throughout Cambodia.  In many ways, the Cambodian genocide was also a cultural genocide.  Today, Cambodians continue to work together to put the fragmented pieces of their past together. In light of the revival of art and literature, we are calling for art and writing submissions that fit the following theme:

Silent Confessions: Some things cannot be expressed verbally.  The purpose of the gallery and anthology is to provide an outlet for inner feelings and inner thoughts on the Cambodian Genocide.  You tell your story without noise but through silent confessions drawn, painted, photographed or written on the walls of the gallery.  The use of silence to counter itself in ending the perpetual cycle of suppression creates a space for limitless expression.

Examples: Art and writing can fulfill this theme in many ways.  Examples include:

  • Bridging the connection between the children, parents, and grandparents.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of one’s history and how that shapes our community today.
  • The end of silence on the genocide
  • Ways to heal
  • A sense of closure
  • Education and Awareness


1. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday April 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM.
2. We are accepting: drawings, paintings, photography and writing.
3. There are two ways you can turn in your visual art and/or writing:
a. Send digital files to [email protected]
b. Drop off physical art or writing in the SEA CLEAR cubicle in UCLA’s Student Activities
Center Suite 105 D.
4. Text and writing does not have to be in English.
5. Disclaimer: If the art and writing you turn in doesn’t follow the guidelines or theme, the organizers reserve the right to not use the image or writing for the purposes of the event.


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