We may never know how much we have lost ;
we will never know how much we could have learnt.
– What it’s about: History. History as the abhorrent experience of humanity, but paradoxically, as the attractive mystery and the drive to understanding it, its origins, ramifications. It’s an argument for History. It’s an argument against war, inhumanity and amnesia.
– Who it’s for: Everyone. Those small things that are interesting and make you who you are are so closely related to History, to your past and personal development. Each of you are people with compelling stories, caught up in the intensity of the world. History has been used as a way to educate rulers since ancient times. Today, global History should speak not simply to those in power, but to everyone. It helps us to understand the variety of cultures and traditions that have always made up human civilisation. It helps us to discuss and respect difference. And crucially, in an era too often fragmented by political and religious divides, it reminds us how much we owe to each other.
– How it’s done: It is a storytelling about living for a few months in each country in equal part past and present. Travel and adventure are key components to making Long Live the Fallen World happen. Field and academic discoveries too, guided by locals.
– Why it’s important: Colonisation, iconoclasm, ignorance and racism, culture appropriation, the looting of museums, libraries, archives and archaeological sites is a too well-known story. To rise above our past we must acknowledge it. Some knowledge of History might help in approaching today's decisions and behaviours. It is impossible to respectfully navigate the world unless you understand History.
Long Live the Fallen World is the only bridge that made sense to me between my desire to create art and my fascination with the intensity of history. Explore History through travel and my eyes as a photographer: It's a lifetime project focusing on old worlds, their heritage and lost civilisations to enhance and create awareness about our world's ancient civilisations and the importance of heritage. Long Live the Fallen World started when I went on my adventure through over 9000km in four months across the Mekong area to capture remnants of the Southeast Asian past: the golden age of the Siamese, the Pagan Kingdom and the Khmer Empire. My work aims to inspire people to learn their own History, to learn about other cultures and to try and understand why things are the way they are now, in order to learn our mistakes and maybe, make the world a better place. We have to ask ourselves: what can we learn from History? What can my History teach me as a citizen of this world? Understand where we have been and where we're from to truly appreciate who we are.