Dr Maria Elander
La Trobe University
The sculpture A ceux qui ne sont plus là (For Those Who Are No Longer Here) by Cambodian-French artist Séra is a reparation awarded by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in commemoration of the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975. For the artist, the sculpture is both to comment on a personal experience of loss and ‘in homage to all the victims.’ Erected in 2017 at a busy intersection in Phnom Penh, it was also meant to comment on the continued movement to and from the city. However, only a month after its inauguration, it was quietly moved from this public space to inside the gates of a museum that commemorates the Khmer Rouge security centre S-21. As an art work and as a reparation in international criminal law, the sculpture raise questions regarding authority and representability. How then does A ceux qui ne sont plus là help us better understand visual practices of international(ised) law?
Dr. Maria Elander is a lecturer at La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University. Her research is in cultural legal studies and looks at representational practices (gender, visuals, victims) at the ECCC in Cambodia. Her monograph Figuring Victims in International Criminal Justice was published by Routledge Glasshouse in 2018.