Book: Cultures of Independence: An Introduction to Cambodian Arts and Culture in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Name: Cultures of Independence: An Introduction to Cambodian Arts and Culture in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Author: Ly Daravuth, Ingrid Muan
In 1953, Cambodia became an independent country. The Cambodians had to establish a “modern Khmer culture” to identify them as an independent country as well as welcome modernism. The main struggle is to create something that is both Cambodian and modern, such as how the architecture integrated the idea of modernism and the vernacularity. Before the culture is fully established, the development stopped when the civil war and the Khmer Rouge come in the 1970s. The book gathers the leftovers of the periods to showcase the possibilities of the forms of Cambodian art developed in the 50s and 60s.