Two worlds of performance in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cambodian kickboxers are faced with a simple choice: win, and be loved - or lose, and be forgotten. In the ring, there can only be one winner, and the boxers will go to their absolute physical limits in their will to succeed. Famous for one day or one year, they will do everything to achieve their goal: being a champion.

Ladyboys spend their lives searching for the physical expression of their innate nature. Women born into men’s bodies, they find one way to express their femininity in the glittery world of cabarets. Even a short-lived recognition of their beauty and talent is an essential window of relief from their daily struggle for a place in society.

Kickboxers and Ladyboys both live for the show - it is the expression of their desire for admiration. But in their search for this appreciation, both go too far. At the extremes of masculinity and femininity, they again find themselves on the fringes of society.

In the photographic clash between these two different worlds, and their polarized protagonists, a common human nature comes to light.

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