The Hawker’s Song
Urban development, spacial conflicts, and silent streets
Street hawkers, singing plaintive songs designed to sell their wares, are an important part of life in Phnom Penh that seems to be disappearing. The streets no longer bustle with the sounds of the bicycle carts and the sellers' songs are not heard as often. Inspired by the rich cultural tradition of orality, exchange and commerce that appears to be dying in a race towards 'modernisation', the work highlights global concerns around the death of the local, in the face of capital and technological progression.