Riders on the storm:
SEX DESPAIR JOY EVIL BEAUTY
“Kak Channthy represented everything that is beautiful about Cambodia, the spirit of the oppressed and the poor. She lives on.”
RIDERS ON THE STORM: SEX DESPAIR JOY EVIL BEAUTY is Julien Poulson’s take on the Golden Era of King Norodom Sihanouk’s psychedelic Sixties through to the rock’n’roll and Cold War politics of the 1970s, not least the bitter clash between Western Culture, Communism and the Vietnam War in Cambodia.
This series is also a personal journey, it’s about birth, life and death of Kak Channthy – Julien’s beloved co-founder of The Cambodian Space Project – and how Channthy, born into war & poverty in 1980 (the year Pol Pot fled Phnom Penh), struggled and overcame great odds to reach stratospheric heights and a global audience as ‘the barefoot diva of The Cambodian rice fields’ with The Cambodian Space Project. This new series is created as a tribute to Kak Channthy – a celebration of her life, music, and the incredible legacy she has given to this world.
RIDERS ON THE STORM: SEX DESPAIR JOY EVIL BEAUTY is an artist’s map showing the echoes and reverberations of lives lived boldly through space and time. It describes a brief history of Cambodian on 12 canvases.
Details from ‘Riders on the Storm‘
This series is available in pairs as presented by the artist, or as individual pieces.