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Romcheik 5 Art Space

Hour Seyha

The Beginning of the Journey

As Hour Seyha walked me through his latest show, "The Beginning of the Journey" at the new Romcheik 5 Art Space in Battambang, Cambodia, his pained face revealed only a fragment of his troubled upbringing, which was powerfully confronted in the exhibition. Seyha's haunting images of ghosts and harrowed youth came to life through the displayed works.

The evolution of 25-year-old Seyha's practice is fascinating. Inspired by the spiritual murals on a wat (a Buddhist monastery) near his childhood home, the Cambodian…

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