This group of works is a result of Kong Vollak’s feelings of excitement and apprehension about the current escalation of construction in Phnom Penh, which seems alive and endless. The image is vibrant and offers a contemporary vision on the past and current architecture of the capitol of Cambodia. In interviews Kong explains, “I hope… it will make people think about both the good and bad aspects of development in Phnom Penh. I’m not so sure all of these new buildings are good for this city, too many tall, modern buildings can negatively affect the landscape in terms of traffic jams, pollution and a loss of the old, traditional style of architecture that is part of our culture. Nowadays, there are so many huge, tall, modern buildings being erected, and the old traditional-style buildings are being overtaken.”
Kong Vollak graduated from the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, he currently lives in Phnom Penh, and is also an elementary teacher.