Pete Pin will partner with the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Sophie Lan Hou, and Michael Weiss to create a participatory, online platform for Cambodian Americans to share their family stories based on ephemera saved from before the war and refugee camps. Using his own experience in collecting family artifacts and images and transforming them into diptychs, Pin will facilitate “memory workshops” with first- and second-generation Cambodian Americans, which will similarly address issues and tensions surrounding their collective identity. He and his partners hope this process of youth engaging with their elders will inspire dialogue as well as deepen understanding between these often divided generations.
Pin is a Cambodian American photographer. Born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand following the Cambodian Killing Fields and raised in California, his photography explores themes of memory, generational trauma, and identity in the Cambodian American diaspora community. A high school dropout, Pin received his BA in political science at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with high honors and was awarded the Outstanding Honors Thesis Award and studied documentary photography at the International Center of Photography, where he received the Allan L. Modotti Scholarship. Pin was a fellow at the Magnum Foundation and was an artist-in-residence at the Bronx Museum as part of the 2013 Season of Cambodia Festival in New York.