Leang Seckon "My Shadow"
Oil painting with mixed media 90 x 70 cm
MY SHADOWBy : LEANG SECKONCambodia/ Born 1974ARTIST CV
I want to speak out about the Khmer Rouge period. During this time Pol Pot made people follow him
through his strong ideologies. Since then people worldwide know that he was very successful in this
regard. But in the end he did not succeed. He failed.
Today people who followed his ideas feel that they were wrong, but they don’t want their story to be
told, to admit that they were killers. On the outside they are very cool. Pol Pot was afraid of his
own shadow, as it was more threatening than the other people who knew him.
People do wrong things. Most importantly, they know within themselves what they have done.
What will they say about what they did? Sometimes they speak straight, sometimes they don’t,
but all of this is a form of design and artful speaking. Sometimes they try to play with words.
Should we allow them to play with the words for security or not? How does that affect the future?
For me, the painting is about the fruit, which is infested with insects. The mirror will show the person
LEANG SECKONCambodia/ Born 1974
Leang Seckon has exhibited extensively in Cambodia and in places such as Norway, Hong Kong and the US.
As well as painting, he has run workshops, given lectures, and illustrated a book. An ardent supporter of
environmental issues he is one of the founders of the Rubbish Project, a network of volunteers working
in the arts and entertainment industry raising the profile of environmental issues in Cambodia.