Finally made a trip to the White Building (Ma-Deng). Was quite eye opening, and not completely what I expected. Of course going in daylight is probably a world different than going at dark. I still wish I would have had my tripod, or monopod at least. Another time…
Though there were areas in a very dilapidated state, some areas of the building were quite clean and freshly painted. Glimpses into apartments showed varied states of living right next to each other. One apartment could almost seem like a throw back to a medieval era. Situated next door, or across the hall, there could be a well maintained, very clean, modest apartment. Stigmatized as a den of drugs, prostitution, and crime, it is still home to as many (or more) common and talented citizens. Sa Sa Art Projects has a strong presence in the building. The population of the building is stated as being between 2500 - 3000. We were greeted mostly by the elderly or young school age kids (obviously school wasn’t very high on their priorities). We did come across an small Aziza School (Empowering Youth In Cambodia) with students using what looked like OLPC XO-1 machines.
More detailed historical information can be found at the White Building Art Archive.
While looking up info I came across an interesting Photo Journalist project here, Chasing the Ghost of Karl Marx.