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Cambodian, b. May 5th, 1981

Born in Battambang City, in Northwestern of Cambodia.

Hak is a full-time photographer whose work brings together storytelling and artistic aesthetic. Hak has focused on several themes including survivor stories, the funeral of King Sihanouk, architectural documentations and also the changing landscape of his homeland. His work has been featured at art and photography festivals such as Auckland Festival of Photography, Photo Quai and Photo Saint Germain in Paris, Renaissance in Lille, World Event Young Artists in Nottingham, OFF_festival in Bratislava, Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Victoria, Photo Kathmandu, Singapore International Photography Festival, Photo Bangkok and ASEAN Eye Culture in Bangkok, International Multimedia Art in Yangon, Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap and Histories of the Future and Photo Phnom Penh in Phnom Penh.

His photographs have been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Slovakia,     The United States, Canada, Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Burma and Cambodia.

In 2011, he won prize “Residency Program” of Musée du quai Branly, Paris and second prize of Stream Photo Asia in Bangkok. In 2012, he was designated Best Artist in the “Best of Phnom Penh” issue of The Advisor, a weekly Cambodian arts and entertainment magazine.

His portfolio has been featured in several international well-known publications throughout his career.

Extra information:

In 2015, Kim Hak has been featured as a main protagonist in a documentary film “Hidden Photos” which produced by Davide Grotta, Gabriele Borghi and Alexander Fontana. This film is about Kim Hak, a young and talented Cambodian photographer looks for a new imaginary of his country, far from stereotypes. Nhem Ein, a photographer enrolled in the Khmer Rouge regime, took more than 14.000 mug shots of the S-21 prison victims. He’s trying to establish himself as entrepreneur of the so-called dark tourism. Every day, a cleaner and an audio guide clean up Cambodian history in the wax museum of the country. Which images are to be chosen to represent one’s history and country? But above all, what to do with it?

End of 2015, Kim Hak has started working on collaboration with Japanese choreographer/ dancer, Akiko Kitamura to create contemporary dance “Cross Transit”. Hak’s photographs have been used/ projected during the dance, and his monologue text have been narrated. The dance has been performed in several cities as in Tokyo, Matsumoto and Phnom Penh. It will bring to other cities in the future.

In 2014, Hak has joined a project Jorng Jam means ‘to remember’ in Khmer. Jorng Jam is a contemporary art and history project working with Cambodian people throughout the world to remember, reclaim and reinterpret Cambodian social history from before, during and after the Khmer Rouge era. In 2015 the project is traveling to Brisbane, Australia to engage with Cambodian-Australian people living in the Marsden/Logan. Hak is invited to be on art residency working on this project of Jorng Jam II in Australia which it is supported by Arts Queensland.

In 2013, Hak has published his first photography book “UNITY” which he had spent his time to document the reflection of ordinary citizens after the death of the King Father Norodom Sihanouk in October 2012.

In 2012, he was interviewed about urban trends in Phnom Penh for French television program “Faut Pas Rêver” was filmed in Cambodia and broadcast in France on the France 3 network and in Asia on TV5 Monde.


Awards / Prizes


Finalists of the Exposure Awards of Lens Culture, London


Best Artist in the “Best of Phnom Penh” of The Advisor, Phnom Penh


“Residency Program” Prize of Musée du quai Branly, Paris

2nd Prize of Stream Photo Asia, Bangkok


2017 November

“Alive” at Gallery Zlotowski (Photo Saint Germain 2017), Paris

2017 October – November

“Left Behind” at Bophana Centre (Photo Phnom Penh 2017), Phnom Penh

2017 June                                            

“Alive” at Silo 6 (Auckland Festival of Photography 2017), Auckland

2016 October – November

“Alive”, at Eba Bahi (2nd edition of Photo Kathmandu), Kathmandu 

2016 October – November

“Tioulong”, at Lotus Pond Gallery of The Plantation, Phnom Penh

2015 June

“Alive” at Ayer Lofts Art Gallery, Lowell – Massachusetts

2015 April – May

“Alive” at Foreign Correspondents’ Club Thailand, Bangkok

2015 January – February

“Alive” at French Institute (7th edition of Photo Phnom Penh), Phnom Penh

2015 January – March

“Unity” at Java Arts, Phnom Penh

2014 November – December

“Alive” at Gallery 1961 (10th edition of Angkor Photo Festival), Siem Reap

2014 November

“Alive” at Pisztory Palace during OFF_festival, Bratislava

2013 July – August

“Drip” at HASY Gallery, Le Pouliguen

2013 April – May

“Drip” at French Institute, Phnom Penh

2012 September

“After 12” at META House, Phnom Penh

2012 May – June

“Daun Penh” at Reyum Institute, Phnom Penh

2012 May – July

“ON” at HASY Gallery, Le Pouliguen

2010 November – December

“ON” at Mansion, Phnom Penh

2017 December – 2018 March

“Alive” at Faux Mouvement, Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Metz

2016 July – August

“Alive”, at National Museum, part of Histories of the Future, Phnom Penh

2015 October

“ON” and “Someone”, at Queens Museum, New York

2015 October

“Alive”, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

2015 July – October

“Someone” and “Alive”, at Bangkok Art & Culture Center of Photo Bangkok

2015 September – 2016 January
“Alive” at Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse during Renaissance, Lille
2015 June

“Alive” at Logan Art Gallery (Jorng Jam II), Brisbane – Queensland

2015 May

“Alive”, at Somerset House during Photo London, London

2015 April – May

“Alive”, at Le Magasin de Jouets, Arles

2014 October

“Alive” at Greenly Art Space, Long Beach

2014 March

“Cambodia” at Thailand Cultural Center (ASEAN EYE CULTURE), Bangkok

2014 January – February

“Alive” at Bophana Center (Jorng Jam I for Our City Festival), Phnom Penh

2013 September – October

“After 12” at Old Sugar Factor (SIPF NOMAD), Groningen

2013 July – September

“ON” at Le Magasin de Jouets, Arles

2013 June – July

“Daun Penh” at Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong

2012 November

“ON” at New Zero Art (International Multimedia Art Festival), Yangon

2012 October – November

“After 12” at 3rd edition of Singapore International Photography Festival

2012 September

“ON” at Bonington during World Event Young Artists, Nottingham

2012 July

“Phnom Penh 2012” at Meta House (Free Your Mind Festival), Phnom Penh

2012 May – June

“ON” at The East Gallery, Toronto

2012 March

“After 12” at French Institute, Phnom Penh

2012 February – March

“Energy” at Central World, Bangkok

2011 September – November

“ON” at Musée du Quai Branly (3rd PHOTO QUAI), Paris

2009 December

“Renovation of Central Market” at Psar Thom Thmey, Phnom Penh


2015 February

Photo Phnom Penh Workshop, Phnom Penh  – Cambodia

Patricia LANZA (Anneberg Space for Photography)

2012 July

Kep Expo Workshop, Kep – Cambodia

Francoise Hugier (Agence VU) with her assistant, Cyril ROSE

2012 May

National Museum of Singapore

Rebecca Noris Webb & Alex Webb (Magnum Photos)

2011 October

Photo Meeting of Stream Photo Asia, Bangkok

Giulio di Sturco (Getty Images)

2010 February – December

Studio Image of French Institute, Phnom Penh

Alexandre Burgeat (Melon Rouge Agency)

2009 November

Angkor Photography Workshop, Siem Reap

Antoine d’ Agata (Magnum Photos) & Arantxa Cedillo (Agence Cosmos)

2009 August

University of Kualar Lumpur with Amad Fami (a lecturer)