Chan Nawath "Child of Anka.
Oil painting with mixed media 80 x 60 cm
CHILD OF ANKA IBy : CHAN NAWATHCambodia/ born 1975ARTIST CV
In the book The History of the Khmer Rouge I found the following quotations taken from the slogans of the
Khmer Rouge about education:
"ANKA had no educational certificate for students. It had only the visible sign: ‘if you need a school grade you must get
it from the work done at the dam and channel. Learning, writing and mathematics are not important. The significant things
are work and the Revolution Movement."
The children received minimal training in how to read and write. Most of their studies were focused on political education.
They were taken away from their homes to join ideological training groups in order to serve the military, guards or others.
Children were also assigned to work in the Democratic Kampuchea regime. It was their job to collect cow dung and to cross the
province and collect human excrement to make fertilizer. They would also transport weapons to battlefields where they ran
the risk of being wounded or killed by bullets. Moreover, these children were torn away from their parents and
had never known their family’s warmth.
CHAN NAWATHCambodia/ born 1975
Chan Nawath took first prize in a painting competition on HIV/ AIDS organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine
Arts and UNESCO. He has also participated in a number of different group exhibitions in places such as Sala Art,
the Khmer Arts Academy and Meta House. When not busy with own work Chan collaborates with foreign artists to
provide arts activities to the children of the NGO Mith Samlanh.