Captive souls in the hell of Tuol Sleng
In Cambodia, the ghosts are the spirits (pralung) of those whose death did not occur naturally and therefore did not receive the funeral rites necessary for the accomplishment of their karma. Condemned to wandering, these souls roam everywhere and haunt the living.
Here, the Khmer Rouge murdered nearly two million people between 1975 and 1979, including 14,000 in the prison of Tuol Sleng, the torture and extermination center of Phnom Penh.
Now a Museum of Genocide, it fast appears that the old prison still houses the souls of the dead, whose memory remains painful to all survivors. Without any complacency for the morbidity of the place and despite the harshness of the subject, the sequence of images in Captive souls gradually leads us from the coldness of the place to the warmth of memory. Of this confrontation between the world of the living and the departed spirits are born photographic traces which force hope.