Cambodian, b. May 5th, 1981

Born in Battambang City, in the northwest of Cambodia.

Kim Hak was born two years after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime and he grew up listening to his parent’s memories of that time. Now, he uses his art practice to raise awareness of this country’s past – to remember, reclaim and reinterpret Cambodian social history from before, during and after the Khmer Rouge era.

Hak’ s work has explored a number of themes related to the cultural fabric of Cambodia, including survivor stories (memory, refugee camps, host countries, Cambodian diasporas, healing process, communities, humanity, and renaissance), visual anthropology, the funeral of King Sihanouk, architectural documentation and also the wider changing landscape of his homeland.

Kim Hak has exhibited extensively throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe, Canada and the United States of America. His work has featured internationally at art and photography festivals and has been published in a number of prominent photography journals.


2002, Hak received his bachelor degree in major Tourism at National Institute of Management in Phnom Penh. After graduation, Kim Hak had spent 7 years working in Tourism industry before he stepped into photography. He has learnt photography via different workshops and training inside Cambodia and also in Southeast-Asia.

2015 February Photo Phnom Penh Workshop, Phnom Penh – Cambodia
Tutor: Patricia LANZA (Anneberg Space for Photography)
2012 July Kep Expo Workshop, Kep – Cambodia
Tutors: Francoise Hugier (Agence VU) with her assistant, Cyril ROSE
2012 May National Museum of Singapore
Tutors: Rebecca Noris Webb & Alex Webb (Magnum Photos)
2011 October Photo Meeting of Stream Photo Asia, Bangkok
Tutor: Giulio di Sturco (Getty Images)
2010 February – December Studio Image of French Institute, Phnom Penh
Tutor: Alexandre Burgeat (Melon Rouge Agency)
2009 November Angkor Photography Workshop, Siem Reap
Tutors: Antoine d’ Agata (Magnum Photos) & Arantxa Cedillo (Agence Cosmos)
2009 August University of Kuala Lumpur with Amad Fami (a lecturer)


2023 December – 2024 February “My Beloved” at French Institute of Cambodia, in Phnom Penh
2023 August – September “Alive” at Sosoro Museum, in Phnom Penh
2023 June – July “Alive” at 2F Yokohama Coast Room 3, in Yokohama City – Kanagawa Prefecture
2022 September “Alive” at Elevated Studio Site-A Gallery, in Yokohama City – Kanagawa Prefecture
2022 August “Alive” at Spiral Garden, in Tokyo
2021 December “My Beloved” at 9th Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, in Jinghong – Yun Nan province
2019 August “Alive” at Bophana Center, Phnom Penh
2019 June – July “Alive” at Objectspace, Auckland
2018 December “ON” at 7th Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, in Jinghong – Yun Nan province
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
2022 January – April “Sunset”, Fertile Ground at Horsham Regional Art Gallery
2021 July – November “Sunset”, Fertile Ground at Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2020 November – December “Alive” at Factory Phnom Penh (Sa Sa Fundraising Auction), Phnom Penh
2020 August – December “Alive” at Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University – New York
2019 December – 2020 February “Someone” at Musee du quai Branly (Photographies du Cambodge), Paris
2019 November “ON” at Institute of Foreign Languages (Art4Peace), Phnom Penh
2019 October – November “ON” & “Someone” at Ambassade de France (10th of PPP), Phnom Penh
2019 July “Alive” at American University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
2019 April – May “Left Behind” – re/dis/cover.Kambodcha at Medienwerkstatt Wienn, Vienna
2018 October “Alive” at Rodeo Window Gallery (5th of Suwon Photo), Suwon
2018 August – September “Left Behind” at The Conference on Art and Projects”, Kobe
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

Awards / Grants / Prizes

2022 Springboard Grant of Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh
2021 Best Foreign Photographer Award at Xishuangbanna International Photo
2018 Outstanding Photography Award at Xishuangbanna International Photo
2012 Best Artist in the “Best of Phnom Penh” of The Advisor, Phnom Penh
2011 “Residency Program” Prize of Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
2011 2nd Prize of Stream Photo Asia, Bangkok

Collaborations & Residencies

2022 Collaboration with Rei Foundation Limited
Exhibition of “Alive” – Chapter IV in Tokyo and Kanagawa, plus book publication
2020 Fellowship of the Japan Foundation Asia Center
Produced “Alive” – Chapter IV in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Saitama, Japan
2016 – 2019 Collaboration with a well-known Japanese dancer & choreographer, Akiko Kitamura
Produced contemporary dance piece “Cross Transit” in Japan
2019 Collaboration with Rei Foundation Limited
Exhibition “Alive” – Chapter III in Auckland, New Zealand, plus publication
2018 Collaboration with Rei Foundation Limited
Produced “Alive” – Chapter III in Auckland, New Zealand
2015 Collaboration with Australian producer Pip Kelly, “Jorng Jam” – Part II
Produced “Alive” – Chapter II in Brisbane, Australia
2014 Collaboration with Australian producer Pip Kelly, “Jorng Jam” – Part I
Produced “Alive” – Chapter I in Phnom Penh, Cambodia


2022 Photos from project “Alive” – Chapter II at Australian War Memorial Museum
2020 Photos from project “Alive” – Chapter III at Auckland War Memorial Museum
2012 Photos from project “Someone” at Musée du Quai Branly in Paris
Kim Hak’s photographs have been collected by many other private collectors as well.