War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work
In conversation with Anne Wilkes Tucker, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Cambodian American scholar Cathy Schlund-Vials looks at genocide, trauma, remembrance, and memorialization with a focus on Cambodian artists’ use of film, memoir, hip-hop, and performance to transcend the “victim” narrative imposed by their experience with the Khmer Rouge.
About Cathy Schlund-Vials
A Cambodian American scholar whose work is rooted in a personal history marked by immigration, migration, and diaspora, Cathy Schlund-Vials is associate professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut (Storrs). She is the author of Modeling Citizenship: Naturalization in Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011) and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), which focuses on 1.5-generation Cambodian American artists and considers the ways in which these cultural producers remember and memorialize the “Killing Fields era” (1975 - 1979) in literature, film, and hip-hop.
About Anne Wilkes Tucker
Anne Wilkes Tucker, founded the photography department at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1976 and is currently the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator. That collection now has over 28,000 photographs made on all seven continents. Ms. Tucker has curated over forty exhibitions, most of which were accompanied by a publication, and has contributed essays to many additional monographs and catalogues and published many articles. She has also lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Brown Foundation Dora Maar Fellowship, the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and The Getty Center. In 2001, in an issue devoted to "America's Best,” TIME Magazine honored her as "America's Best Curator." In 2012, after nearly eight years of curating and after viewing more than 1 million pictures, Tucker and Will Michels created an exhibit that included 480 objects, including photo albums, original magazines, and old cameras, by 280 photographers from 26 countries called WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath.
Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.