Tiane Doan na Champassak: Kolkata

Tiane Doan Na Champassak
Tiane Doan Na Champassak

„Kolkata“ by Tiane Doan Na Champassak – Limited edition of 500 copies – numbered and signed by the artist 152 pages 22 x 30cm available to order on http://www.editionsbessard.com/ Price 75€

My uncle, Thaï Doan na Champassak, published Ancestral Voices by Collins – London in 1956 and began his autobiography with this sentence. Mobilised in Algiers during the Second World War, he was sent to China as a trained parachutist in charge of a secret mission destined for clandestine entry into Indochina, then occupied by the Japanese. This extraordinary story has its beginnings in Calcutta, the starting point for his mission to Chungking. In the first chapter he gives a vivid description of the ex-capital of British India just four years before independence.

Tiane Doan na Champassak
Tiane Doan na Champassak

Having travelled frequently to India since 1996 it never occurred to me that Kolkata (formerly the anglicised name Calcutta) would inspire me to produce a body of work focused on its street life and I owe it to my uncle for giving me that desire. In fact it is in the streets of Kolkata that I find the most absolute representation of Indian reality. It is also the only city which holds such an intense concentration of extremes; quiet and loud, rich and poor, clean and dirty, modern and old, beautiful and ugly, past and present. This continuous duality has become my leitmotiv and is the reason I deliberately chose to focus on its street life in order to best represent the chaos of this huge megalopolis of over fifteen million inhabitants. (by Tiane Doan na Champassak)



The fall: Khmer Rouge soldiers collect weapons on the day Phnom Penh fell to Pol Pot’s forces.

Published in South East Asia Globe – Written by Sebastian Strangio 

Forty years ago, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh, ushering in unprecedented death and destruction. This short but seismic era casts a long shadow over the Kingdom to this day.

Francis Wilmer for SEA Globe

Reach for the sky: looking south from Phnom Penh’s highest building, the Vattanac Capital tower. The city is thriving and rapidly expanding despite having to be repopulated following the Khmer Rouge regime. 


Chinese documentary „Under the Dome“


When Chai Jing (柴静), one of China’s most celebrated investigative reporters, found out that her unborn daughter had a benign tumor — most likely due to China’s horrific pollution problem — she decided that she would turn all of her power and influence into tackling China’s growing environmental disaster and created self-funded documentary Under the Dome

The video became an instant hit, garnering more than 155 million views on the day of its release. After that, the documentary went viral, spreading first across China — reaching over 300 million views in two days — and then around the world.


Released from Captivity

UNHCR/Dominic Nahr
UNHCR/Dominic Nahr

In northern Iraq, Yazidi men and women tell of being captured, detained and tortured by militants. Meet a few of the lucky survivors. Tens of millions of people around the world have fled their homes to escape war or persecution. Thousands more follow every day. Another girl, boy, woman or man every time you blink.

UNHCR/Dominic Nahr
UNHCR/Dominic Nahr

We created this website to share some of their extraordinary stories of survival, hope and home.

TRACKS began with a focus on Syrians displaced and dispersed by a relentless, brutal war. Now it takes you all over the world. While the massive scale of these humanitarian crises is hard to fathom, we hope these stories will help show the human costs of conflict in a way that is easy to grasp and impossible to ignore.