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My name is Udommuny Kongkea. But my nickname is Chit. I was born in Kampong Chnang which is a province in Cambodia. It’s like 91 km from Phnom Penh. I am the 6th son of 8 brothers and sisters. When I was 14 years old, my family moved from Cambodia to Thailand.
There I started studying and working with T-shirt screening and then later developed an interest in being a barber. My mom wanted me to become a barber and introduced me to barber school. After going there I realized it interested me too. So I became a barber in the Boycambo Barber shop at a night market in Thailand. Now I am 27 years old and I like to model. My true passions in life are photography, modeling, and cutting hair.
Another part of my story is that I am a refugee from Cambodia and it is not easy living in Thailand due to my refugee status. Many refugees get arrested by the Thai police every single day. In the future I want to live in another count...
XK: Where and what did you study?
BSH: I am Korean. I was a high school graduate and attended sculpture art school.
XK: What is the name of the series you are presenting to Aserica? BSH: There is no title on it. It is a series of observations on light and form.
XK: Why do you shoot black and white?
BSH: There are many reasons why I like black and white. It was simply cool at first. I think that now it shows light and form, and the contents of photograph better. Color photographs are more fascinated by colors and more focused on these colors and not so much their content.
XK: Women seem to be very central in your work. Could you elaborate a little bit on the reason behind this?
BSH: I have been interested in women since I was a child. I have a very deep interest in love and relationships and naturally I have expressed that in my photography. I usually work with my eyes in everyday life ...
XK: The name of your project is ‘Tonatiuh’. Could you elaborate on the significance of this title?
JB: Tonatiuh is the nickname the inhabitants of Mexico gave Pedro de Alvarado (conqueror of Guatemala); his blond hair, pale skin and blue eyes fascinated the natives of the New World. Tonatiuh is the Sun God of the Aztec mythology, there’s claim that Pre-Columbian people mistook the newly arrived conquistadors for supernatural beings that arose in the 1530s, and became associated with Quetzalcoatl in particular in the 1540s, when people in the New Spain were looking back and trying to explain what had happened to them.
I’m fascinated with the idea that native morale or will to resist was undermined by awe at the Spaniards’ divine powers, it was one of many competing and probably false ‘solutions’ to the problem of how a newly arrived elite from Spain had come to exercise so much power in the region.
XK: Your projec...
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