Anthro~Instas | Cambodia | Phoneography
by Emiko Stock
"The ethnographer notebooks" in Cambodia, 2015-2017
Author: Emiko Stock
Originally live-posted publicly on Instagram, these snapshots reflect a "visual anthropologist"'s outlook on collective memory -- in particular the series 'Framings Off The Wall' --, cultural identity -- with an emphasis on the Cham communities, a personal quest expressed in the series 'Touching Ancestors' and social crossroads in modern Cambodia.
The author describes her approach as "an ethnographer's comments from the fields, comments from the homes, together." It is also, as she wrote about another project, a reflection on "modernity away from notions attached to secular assumptions of 'progress'.
About the Photographer
Emiko Stock is a photo-video ethnographer with a foot in history, who had worked since the early 2000s with Cham (Cambodian Muslims) Sayyids (descendants of the Prophet) as they journey into Shi’a and into Iran. She follows history as an affective process refracted in family photographs and social media selfies.
In her own words, her "visual and textual practice has at heart to challenge notions of stability and movement, origins and destinations, beginnings and ends."
Originally an interpreter and ethnographer in the corporate world, Emiko took anthropology courses at The Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh) and Université de La Sorbonne (Paris) before she received Masters in Khmer (INALCO, Paris) and in Anthropology (Université Paris X Nanterre). A Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, USA, her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, was titled: Touching Image of History: Cham Practices of Looking across Cambodia & Iran. Emiko is currently Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo.