2013 SEASON OF CAMBODIA Festival Announces NYC IN RESIDENCE Visual Arts Program, 4/6-5/31
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by BWW News Desk
Organizers of Season of Cambodia, the large-scale, first-of-its-kind multidisciplinary Cambodian arts festival set for Spring 2013 in New York City, today announced details of IN RESIDENCE - the visual arts program of the festival, co-curated by Leeza Ahmady of AhmadyArts and Asian Contemporary Art Week (New York City) and Erin Gleeson of SA SA BASSAC (Phnom Penh).
IN RESIDENCE is a citywide visual arts program centered on two-month residencies complimented by a dynamic map of public programs including exhibitions, screenings, symposiums, open studios, and conversations with the artists and curators most critically involved in shaping Cambodia's unique contemporary art scene.
IN RESIDENCE invites New York City audiences to engage with new perspectives on Cambodia's history and contemporaneity. For decades, Cambodia has been subject to international field research - a practice that has largely shaped distanced, third person perspectives around the nation's occupied and traumatic histories. According to Gleeson, "In the last decade, it is largely Cambodia's local and diaspora visual artists who, by giving form to their experiences, are responsible for anchoring unique first-person perspectives."
To extend these perspectives, IN RESIDENCE engages 1 curator and 10 visual artists in 2-month residencies. The selected Cambodian national and Cambodian-American artists have diverse educations and experiences and work across a range of practices including drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance. Born between 1970 and 1987 - either during the U.S. military bombing campaign, the Khmer Rouge era, or Vietnamese occupation - the artists interpret their histories from different angles while many also respond to current cultural changes forced by globalization.
"While the residencies serve as a base from which artists extend their research and practices in NYC, the public programs give an interactive scope to the program. We partner with leading institutions to create diverse platforms that contextualize Cambodia's artistic production both on its own terms and as a part of a broader world dialogue," says Ahmady.
Highlights of IN RESIDENCE public programs include: the solo exhibition Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich, curated by John Guy at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Feb 23 - June 16), Vandy Rattana: Bomb Ponds, a solo exhibition at the Asia Society Museum (Feb 26 - June 2), Contemporary Cambodian Art: A Historical Inquiry, an unprecedented symposium with leading scholars, curators and artists at Cornell University's Art, Architecture, and Planning Center NYC (April 20), a conversation with IN RESIDENCE co-curators Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson at ICI (Independent Curators International) (May 14), and Open Studios at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Building 110 on Governors Island with artists Lim Sokchanlina, Amy Lee Sanford, Than Sok, Svay Sareth, Vandy Rattana, curated by Lyno Vuth (May 25 & 26).
For a full list of public programs, see below. For a full description of public programs, visit http://seasonofcambodia.org/events/category/visual-art/.
Public Program partners include:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All events, residencies, exhibitions, symposiums, artist talks, screenings and open studios listed below have been curated and organized by the IN RESIDENCE curatorial team of Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson, with the exception of events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University, and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.
Featured Solo Exhibitions:
March 28 - Apr 18
February 26 - June 2
April 4 - May 27
Additional Solo Exhibitions:
February 23 - June 16
April 18 - June 1
April 6 & 7
April 20, full day
Conversations with artists and curators:
May 25, 26 & 27
April 1 - May 30, 2013
Amy Lee Sanford
About IN RESIDENCE Artists
Khvay holds a BA in Painting from the Royal University of Fine Art, Phnom Penh (2006). He is a founding and active member of the artist collective Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels (2007 -), who established Sa Sa Art Gallery (2009 - 2010) and SA SA BASSAC (2011 -) the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia, as well as Sa Sa Art Projects, a community-based, knowledge-sharing platform and experimental residency program (2010 -). Khvay is a two-time resident at Tokyo Wonder Site (2009, 2011). Khvay's select solo exhibitions include Human Nature, PhotoPhnomPenh at Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh (2011) and Untitled (2011) and Newspaper Man, SA SA BASSAC (2012). Select 2012 group exhibitions include Deep S.E.A., Primo Marella Gallery, Milan; ROUNDTABLE, Tobias Rehberger Pavilion 'You Owe Me. I Don't Owe You Nothin.' 9th Gwangju Biennale; Terra Incognita: Noorderlicht Photography Festival, The Netherlands; Current Views and Actions: Photography and Performance Documentation from Phnom Penh, Northern Illinois University Museum, USA.
He holds a BA in Painting, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh (2002). He is a dedicated to environmental protection, employing the arts in an ongoing initiative The Rubbish Project, launched with Fleur Bourgeois in 2006. Select solo exhibitions include Victory (2012) and Heavy Skirt (2010), Rossi and Rossi, London. Select group exhibitions include Revisit, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2009), ASEAN New Zero Contemporary Art Exchange, Yangon (2009), Forever Until Now, 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong (2009), Strategies From Within, Ke Center for Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2009). Leang was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2009).
Lim holds a BA in Economics from Norton University, Phnom Penh (2010). He is also a founding and active member of the artist collective Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels (2007 - ), who co-founded Sa Sa Art Gallery (2009 - 2010) and SA SA BASSAC (2011 - ). Lim's solo exhibitions include Wrapped Future, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, (2012) and My Motorbike and Me, PhotoPhnomPenh at Java Café, Phnom Penh, (2009). Select 2012 group exhibitions include Riverscapes IN FLUX, Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Manila; 'You Owe Me. I Don't Owe You Nothin' Tobias Rehberger pavilion, ROUNDTABLE 9th Gwangju Biennale; Ruptures and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
He holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts (1995) and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999). Select solo exhibitions include Compound at Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2011), Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich The Metropolitan Museum, NYC (2013), and his fourth solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art (2013). Select group exhibitions include: dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), Singapore Biennale (2011), Asian Art Biennale in Taiwan (2011), Fukuoka Triennale (2009) and the Asia-Pacific Triennial (2009).
Pin holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley where was awarded the Outstanding Honors Thesis award for the best honors thesis in his department. He studied at the Documentary and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan, where he was awarded the Allan L. Modotti Scholarship. Pin has interned at TIME Magazine in the photo department, was the 2011 Fellow at the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund and was named an Emerging Talent by Reportage by Getty Images. His work has been published in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Forbes, and Burn, among others.
Amy Lee SANFORD
She holds a BA in Engineering from Brown University (1995), and took individual courses in ceramics at The Rhode Island School of Design, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth and Harvard University. Select exhibitions include Building Again, Our City Festival, Phnom Penh (2012), new artefacts, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2012), Full Circle, Java Arts at Meta House, Phnom Penh (2012), Global Hybrid, Meta House, Phnom Penh (2010), London Art Bienniale, London, UK (2009), Movement, Color and Light, Agni Gallery, New York, NY (2008).
A member of the small and historic group of children who studied art in the Site 2 refugee camps with Véronique Decrop, Svay co-founded Phare Phonlue Selepak, an art school in Battambang where he was a teacher. Svay holds an MFA/Diplôme National Supérieur d'Études des Arts Plastiques, Caen de Mer, France (2009). Svay's solo exhibitions include The Traffic Circle, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2012), Tuesday/Mardi, Hotel de la Paix Arts Lounge, Siem Reap (2011), and La Terre Ferme, French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh (2010). Select group exhibitions include Mon Boulet, French Institute, Phnom Penh and Merging Metaphors, Indian-Southeast Asian touring exhibition (2012). Svay was a 2011 nominee of the Signature Art Prize.
Than studied traditional and contemporary art at Reyum Art School (2002 -2007) and is currently pursuing a degree in architecture at Norton University, Phnom Penh (2010 - ). He was a resident artist at Tokyo Wonder Site (2005) and S-AIR, Sapporo (2011). Than has had two solo exhibitions:Tragedy, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh (2009), and The Halo of The Omnipresent Eye, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2011). Select group exhibitions include Forever Until Now, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2009) and Video: An Art, A History, Singapore Art Museum (2011).
Tith holds a BA in Interior Design from the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh (2008). She is a member of the young filmmaker's collective Kon Khmer Koun Khmer and serves as a research assistant to numerous video and film productions. Tith's first solo exhibition Companions was hosted by French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh (2011). Group exhibitions include Hut Tep So Da Chan, SurVivArt, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2011), Art of Survival, Meta House, Phnom Penh (2008), and Still Water, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh (2009). Tith was a participant in The Flying Circus Project: Memory, Archives and Creation (2009).
He is the founder of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels (2007 -), Sa Sa Art Gallery (2009 - 2010) and SA SA BASSAC (2011 - ) the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. Select solo exhibitions include Surface, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2013), Vandy Rattana: Bomb Ponds, Asia Society Museum, NYC (2013) and Hessel Museum of Art, NY (2010). His group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012), 1st Kiev Biennale (2012), Institutions for the Future, Asia Triennial Manchester II (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (2009).
He holds a BA in Information Technology (2007) and MA in Social Science (2009), RMIT University, Melbourne. In 2013 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, MFA in Art History in the United States. Vuth is a founding and active member of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels (2007 - ), who established Sa Sa Art Gallery (2009 - 2010) and SA SA BASSAC (2011 - ) the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. He is the Artistic Director of Sa Sa Art Projects (2010 - ), a community-based, knowledge-sharing platform and experimental residency program. Vuth's solo exhibitions include Blue Angels, French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh (2008), Thoamada (2011) and Thoamada II (2013) at SA SA BASSAC. His 2012 group exhibitions include Riverscapes IN FLUX, Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Manila; 'You Owe Me. I Don't Owe You Nothin' Tobias Rehberger pavilion, ROUNDTABLE 9th Gwangju Biennale. Vuth was Visual Art Curator for 2012's Cambodian Youth Arts Festival, Phnom Penh, and in 2013 he is a participant in Flying Circus Project 2013: Burmese Days, Yangon and Curatorial Assistant for IN RESIDENCE, the Visual Art Program of Season of Cambodia, NYC.
Yim studied art at Phare Ponleu Selapak in Battambang (1995-2003), and holds a BFA/Diplôme National Arts Plastique (DNAP, Art Option) from École Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Caen la mer, France (2010). Yim's solo exhibitions include Silk Threads, The Insider Gallery at Inter Continental, Phnom Penh (2012), No Name (2012) and Remember (2011) at SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh. Group exhibitions include New Journey, CLA Gallery, Phnom Penh (2012), Seven, Hotel de la Paix, Siem Reap (2012), and Eight Women, French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh (2011).
About IN RESIDENCE Curators
ABOUT Season of Cambodia
New York City will host more than 125 artists from Cambodia for a major celebration of Cambodian arts, culture, and humanities when Season of Cambodia lights up the city's cultural landscape in April and May 2013. Distinctive works from master and emerging artists and scholars-in ritual, music, visual arts, performance, dance, shadow puppetry, film, and academic forums-will be presented by 30 of New York's most renowned arts and educational institutions, marking an unprecedented city-wide partnership initiative to celebrate one of the world's most vibrant and evocative cultures.
Season of Cambodia will run from Saturday April 6 to Friday May 31, 2013, with opening ceremonies scheduled to coincide with Cambodian New Year on Saturday, April 13.
For more information, visit the official website at www.seasonofcambodia.org. The line-up of events and exhibitions is subject to change; new programs and events will be added as they are confirmed.
Pictured: Yim Maline, Scurry, 2012, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 110 x 80cm. Courtesy the artist.