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This is the story of how someone born in prison during war chooses to live his life. It is about keeping promises. It is about story telling. It is about overcoming grief.
Koky Saly was born in a temple, converted to a prison for pregnant women, where they kept his mother. When the war ended, his family escaped Cambodia and sought asylum in Australia. He initially studied at RMIT graduating from the Media Arts Honours program in 2004. He was awarded the Emma Hayne Memorial Award acquisitive prize for great potential in photographic art (PSC), named Student of the Year in the Experimental Category by the Victorian Institute of Professional Photography (VIPP) and short-listed for New Photo-Artist of the year by the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP). He has exhibited his work in Australia and internationally including the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Gallery 4A, The Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai) and other amazing places that are now part of another life.
Koky has also built five schools in rural Cambodia, which he continues to support through his work with BabyTree Projects, a non-profit organisation he founded in 2007. In 2012, he was awarded the RMIT SEEDS Fellowship. In 2013, he was awarded the RMIT Social Impact grant worth $15,000 for his BeeKeeper pitch. In 2014, he launched BeeKeeper (a fashion and accessory social business) through a crowd funding campaign raising over $27,000. He also finalised his Master of International Development studies at RMIT, graduating in 2014.
Koky believes in freedom, in different, in a sense of humour, finding beauty in the smallest things and happiness. His story is about creating the kind of business that he would like to see in the world.