Conflicted Cambodian Art (12 paintings)

Just take one look at Andrew Hem’s introspective, otherworldly paintings and you’ll be able tell that they have a deeper meaning. Hem was born during his parents’ flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide. He grew up poised in the balance between two cultures – the gentle animistic society of his Khmer ancestors, and the dynamic urban arts of the tough Los Angeles neighborhood where his family eventually came to rest. Working in gouache, oil and acrylic, Hem creates richly textured narratives in a vivid palette of twilight blues, swaths of deep red, and splashes of golden light.

Andrew Hem



January 16, 2017

Powerful Portraits Capture the History and Masculinity of Mongolian Wrestling

“Like going to war.” This is how one of the wrestlers in photographer Ken Hermann and art director Gem Fletcher‘s project Bökh, describes Mongolian wrestling. Shot in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, the resulting portraits and short film pay respect to this ancient tradition. It’s a tradition that is still very much alive in the nomadic communities that account for 30% of the country’s population.

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January 16, 2017

Life-Saving Poster Uses Lemons to Illustrate Different Signs of Breast Cancer

At first glance, the bright and colorful Know Your Lemons poster may not appear to be dealing with an issue of life or death. A closer look, however, reveals the severity of the situation at hand. Created by the Worldwide Breast Cancer organization, the clever image uses manipulated photos of lemons to illustrate the tell-tale physical signs of breast cancer.

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