AUPP had the incredible opportunity to host James Podboy, the US Department of Homeland Security attaché to the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, at our university for a session on art crime and the restoration of Cambodia’s looted artifacts. This engaging session was held as part of Prof. Joshua Wilwohl’s Arts & Culture Classes.
During his talk, Mr. Podboy delved into the fascinating world of art crimes, shedding light on the techniques of impression and manipulation employed by some notorious art sellers. He shared about famous artworks sold as fakes through skillful manipulation and the power of making a remarkable first impression. It was a true eye-opener for our students, revealing the intricate tricks used in the art market.