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News Bites: Photography Alum’s Haunting Image of Genocide Featured in Juried Exhibitions

Posted July 5, 2016 in AlumniNews BitesPhotography

A striking photograph of an empty holding room once used by the Khmer Rouge regime during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s taken by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumnus Scott Whitworth (’13, Photography) was recently featured in juried exhibitions in Michigan and Missouri.

Whitworth created the image in 2014 during a trip to Southeast Asia on which he toured a former Khmer Rouge security prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Now a museum, the prison was once a site of horrific mental and physical torture employed by the regime to maintain their totalitarian control of Cambodia. 

Titled “Holding Room in Former ‘Security Prison 21’ of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia” the image has already been featured in exhibitions in Sacramento, CA and New York City. Recently, Grand Rapids Art Museum Curator Ron Platt selected Whitworth’s photograph for inclusion in the 2016 West Michigan Area Show, a regional juried exhibition on display through July 10th at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, where it was selected for the $250 Signature Artists Cooperative Award.

work by alumnus Scott Whitworth“Holding Room in Former ‘Security Prison 21’ of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia” by Scott Whitworth (image courtesy of the artist)

“Holding Room in Former ‘Security Prison 21’ of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia” was also selected for inclusion in the prestigious PhotoSpiva competition, a national competition that stands as the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the U.S. Selected works are were on display at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri through May 1.

During his travels to Southeast Asia, Whitworth created another image, titled “View of an Alleyway, Bangkok, Thailand,” that he recently sold to a private collector after exhibiting it in ArtPrize 2015.

work by alumnus Scott Whitworth“View of an Alleyway, Bangkok, Thailand" by Scott Whitworth (image courtesy of the artist)


See more of Scott Whitworth’s work at scottwhitworthphotography.com.

Learn more about KCAD's Photography program at kcad.edu/photography

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