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Kep-Sur-Mer, or Kep by the Sea, (typically shortened to “Kep”) was born by royal decree in 1908 and spent its early years as a station climatique, a seaside escape for French colonial bureaucrats and their families, but now the abandoned luxury homes form a seaside ghost town.
The relative stability following Cambodia’s peaceful transition to independence from France in 1953 encouraged international investment and the development of a Cambodian elite. During this boom, Kep became the premier seaside resort as the elite built villas along the gold-orange coastline. Known by various monikers such as “Cambodia’s Riviera,” or, “The St. Tropez of Southeast Asia,” Kep even flaunted a casino during its heyday. The villas took on a number of contemporary influences, from French colonial wrought iron to Le Corbusier-inspired modernism to New Khmer assertiveness. Cambodia’s aristocracy, including the charmed “Playboy King” Norodom Sihanouk, turned Kep into a Cambodian version of Gatsby’s West Egg during this period of Cambodia’s “golden age.”
And like the glitzy Long Island of the 1920s, Kep-Sur-Mer’s dream couldn’t last.
Angèle Etoundi Essamba (Douala, 1962) is a Cameroonian photographer.
She grew up in Yaoundé moved to Paris as a young girl, where she was trained at the Dutch Professional Photography School in The Hague. Later on she moved to the Netherlands where she trained at the Nederlandse Fotovakschool (Netherlands professional school of photography)
Her art focuses on representations of black womanhood, individuality and humanity. Her work is historical and cultural, aimed at promoting mutual understand and respect for African identity.
Etoundi Essamba gained international recognition with exhibitions all over the world. Her photographs were first displayed in 1985 at the Maison Descartes in Amsterdam. Exhibitions followed throughout the world (Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and the United States)
She is associated with DUTA or Douala Urban Touch of Arts, which allows Central African visual artists in Douala, Cameroon to share their work.
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