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To go beyond the obvious.

 

What lies beneath?

What is the undercurrent of a peaceful sea or river?

What is tugging my sleeve to come closer and see what is mostly unseen?

All my life I have been intrigued by what lies beneath.

 

It helped me unearth secrets never told. Therewith I  helped people to pick up the pieces and move on, make things better.

As a photographer I’m drawn to the subjects that tug my sleeve. I‘ll do my research, dig in deeper, watch for movement, wait for the photo that wants to be taken.

 

Make visible what lies beneath and make the un-seen, seen.

UN-SEEN

UN-SEEN

To go beyond the obvious.

 

What lies beneath?

What is the undercurrent of a peaceful sea or river?

What is tugging my sleeve to come closer and see what is mostly unseen?

All my life I have been intrigued by what lies beneath.

 

It helped me unearth secrets never told. Therewith I  helped people to pick up the pieces and move on, make things better.

 

As a photographer I’m drawn to the subjects that tug my sleeve. I‘ll do my research, dig in deeper, watch for movement, wait for the photo that wants to be taken.

 

Make visible what lies beneath and make the un-seen, seen.

Living in a warzone
for thirty years

Thirty years of warfare between 1969 and 1999.

It is to live under the constant threat of death, mutilation and loss through violence.

It is to live with the drama of your loved ones’ brutal death and the loss of your home and belongings.

It is also nevertheless, a life that simply wants to be lived.

How do you, as a person, as a family, as a community, come to share the memories and come to face the grief and devastation? Commemoration, alone and together, gives the deceased the place they deserve.

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HOW IT ALL STARTED

Events

14-08-2022
MEta HOuse, Pnom Penh

Exposition UN-SEEN

UN-SEEN, the story of one Cambodian family, was seen in 2021 in various parts of the world. In 2022 it will travel to Cambodia once again. On August 19th – the World Photography Day and World Humanitarian Day, Meta House Gallery will host the book launch and the opening of an exhibition of UN-SEEN in Phnom Penh. 

 

28-04-2021
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

Book release UN-SEEN

The book Launch UN-SEEN, Living in a Warzone for 30 Years, by Elly Valk. Interviewed by Andrea van Pol and joined by Luke hunt, Asia reporter Phnom Penh, and Bill Morse, projectmanager Landmine Museum Siem Reap, through a livestream from Cambodia. Watch the Book Launch video here!

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