The key constructs that indicates the construction of masculinity amongst Cambodian men, the head of the household ; the breadwinner ; superior to women and girls ; dominate over women; and strong and brave.

From an excerpt of a study that was carried out in 2010 ,

“A perfect man knows how to be gentle and how to be ferocious – he knows everything! He is not always gentle or always cruel. He is gentle to those to treat him well. If someone provokes him or wants to fight, he will not retaliate or fight back. He will just be patient, so how can it be a man?”

This project aims to look at masculinity and how it coexists with tenderness.

( This work is made during the 13th instalment of the Angkor Photo Festival , workshop taught by Ian Teh and Sim Chi Yin. )

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