Once upon a time there was a Cambodian artist by the name of Leang Seckon.
He grew up in the Prey Veng countryside, singing the songs of the 60s and hearing and telling old khmer stories as he and his friends made plays to amuse themselves while watching their fearless buffaloes.
One day, when he was older, he had the chance to travel along the feted
Stung Sangker River, which he had imagined all his life. He was shocked to find that the entire length of this celebrated river was covered in plastic, even up in the trees,
as the water had recently risen and fallen. What will happen to all the fish in the river? What will happen to all the rivers in my Cambodia, if we throw plastic into the water?, he thought.
Seckon was already interested in environmental issues, making art pieces and collages from found objects and rubbish. So, not long after this journey along the Stung Sangker, he started talking about an idea with his friend Fleur, and The Rubbish Project was born.
Seckon and Fleur imagined they and their friends could organise artsy events to raise awareness of environmental issues in Cambodia. Soon they were joined by the iconic and gorgeous
movie star Dy Saveth, and the rugged smooth singing star Zono. In fact the more they talk about this project they find more people are enthusiastic to join.
The next event will be Bonghain Mode Samram,
a fashion design competition where all entries are created from rubbish, or found objects.After that…