Adana Mam Legros is a 24-year-old Franco-Cambodian artist and activist. Daughter of Somaly Mam, an international icon of women's rights and controversial personality fighting sexual slavery of children in Southeast Asia, and Pierre Legros, trained parasitologist and specialist in human trafficking.


Adana spent her childhood in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, with women and children survivors of sexual exploitation. The activism of her parents quickly rubs off on her education and pushes her to participate in her parents' association at all levels: from social work to international travel for conferences. She plays a role in fundraising and accustoms herself to speech.

In 2012, Adana assists New York Times journalist Nicolas Kristoff in his article on violence against women in Cambodia.

This environment makes it prematurely aware of the problems of the contemporary world. Revolted by social injustices and their worldwide evolutions, she flies to Europe to start studying law and political science in Nice in order to acquire the necessary tools to get into the fight. This momentum, however, is abruptly interrupted by the discovery of cancer two years ago, which imposes severe physical and psychological suffering. She uses meditation to confront her loneliness and became passionate in neuro-politics, neuroscience, genetics, psychology, philosophy and political science.

According to her, this period allows her to develop a great capacity for resilience and made a warrior out of her. After her treatment, she escapes to New York where her artistic passion begins. Adana works a year before inaugurating her first exhibition, '' My RenaiSense '', in June 2018 in Manhattan.

Touching a first audience, she returns the entire sale of her paintings to "Less Cancer" an American foundation. Immersed in the New York world, Adana concretizes her abstract style, centered on her self-analysis.

She meets personalities, notably Susan Sarandon, who will form the activist and feminist she is. The same year, in a desire for adventure and surpassing herself, she crossed the Mediterranean and touring the African coast with her father on a sailboat for two months. This isolation experience leads him to face extreme conditions. Measuring herself against the beauty and strength of nature, Adana finds a key moment in her transcendence.

In search of a reconciliation between roots and identity, she returned to Cambodia in early 2019. In March, she inaugurated '' The Sens Of Consciouness '', an exhibition focused on the search of the self-awareness, which touches a public of Cambodian artists. Three months later, Adana launches a third exhibition in Sydney where she sells all of her works. While preparing her next exhibition, planned for the end of 2019 in Paris, she is also embarking on a fashion project with stylist Erya Miura, who will print her work, '' Wonderer '', on her latest creation, which will be presented at Brussels Fashion Days. Since her arrival in Cambodia, Adana has been actively involved in education and advocacy through multiple conferences and workshops.

Setting up think-tanks in Phnom Penh, particularly on the social and political changes needed to create for a global situation in a state of emergency. For Adana, three years of meditation have developed in her a particular sensitivity on topics such as consciousness, personal and collective ethics, empathy and, more generally, the evolution of the species Homo Sapiens. Her pictorial works stem from her questioning and her revolts.

© 2020 by Adana ម៉ម Legros

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