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From 2007 to 2009, the artist inhabited the persona of a ladyboy working the red light districts of Siem Reap. Each transformation was a 3 hour long ritual to bring Shuana to life. As a technical photographer, the artist chose to prioritize Shuana’s life, story and being over simply being a subject or a photograph. This story lent audiences a way to think about the grittier dimensions of the neighbourhood that we frequently turn a blind eye to.
Artist: Shawn Lee