Losing Ground exhibition

Laura, our Stories, Film and Photography intern, talks us through her latest challenge – working on an exhibition to showcase Oxfam’s land-themed work in Cambodia. It’s on in London this Easter weekend. Catch it if you can!

I started interning in the Stories, Film and Photography team at Oxfam back in January, and I’ve been involved in some really exciting projects so far.

Up to now, I’ve been working on an exhibition with the campaigns team to show Oxfam’s work in Cambodia – particularly around the subject of land grabs. Cambodia: Losing Ground by Emma Hardy is designed to show the scale of the global land rush and boost the public conversation on the issue ahead of the World Bank’s spring meeting.

Last Tuesday night we held a private viewing of the exhibition. Donors, supporters and allies braved the icy cold conditions and it was a really successful evening. The audience were inspired and educated in turn, many of them signing the petition to show their support. The Cambodian canapés also went down a treat!

Exhibition1Emma went out to Cambodia last year, listened to people’s stories and photographed some of the places they’ve been relocated to. She captures the harrowing subject matter and the poverty that has resulted from their loss of land.

exhibition 2

The exhibition is inspired by Nicholas Shakespeare’s article Beyond the killing fields published in Intelligent Life magazine. Read it here.

In the article, the author talks us through his return to Cambodia with his father, John (They originally left the country in 1964 during the civil war). John worked for the British embassy in Cambodia which was stormed by a mob in March 1964. The attack was motivated by a belief that Britain had thwarted attempts to hold an international conference to guarantee Cambodia’s neutrality. All records of land rights were destroyed and never reinstated. So, even now the Khmer Rouge has stopped fighting, people are still being evicted from their homes – often without warning.

Helping to put this event together has been such an exciting (if a little daunting!) experience and I’ve been lucky enough to work beside some really inspiring people. It’s really opened my eyes as to how much planning goes into making an event like this happen.

The fantastic exhibition continues to run until Easter Sunday. So, if you find yourself in London, pop in to the gallery in Redchurch street in Shoreditch to take a look.