January 24, 2013 - filed under Announcements,Exhibitions,Past Events   

Visual Art Section: Season of Cambodia, A Living Arts Festival

Savy Sareth 'Mon Boulet,' 2011. Metal 200cm sphere

April 1 through May 31, 2013

Co-Curated by Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson.

IN RESIDENCE is a citywide visual arts program centered on two-month residencies for 10 visual artists and 1 curator from Cambodia to live and work in New York; complimented by a dynamic map of public programs at major New York City institutions; including solo exhibitions, open studios, symposiums, and conversations with artists and curators most critically involved in shaping Cambodia’s unique contemporary art scene.

IN RESIDENCE invites 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. 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 critical first-person perspectives.

The selected artists 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 angels while many also respond to current cultural changes forced by globalization.

The festival’s contemporary artists’ lineup includes internationally renowned artists Sopheap Pich, Rattana Vandy, Samnang Khvay and Seckon Leang, as well as leading regional and local figures Sokchanlina Lim, Amy Lee Sanford, Sareth Svay, Sok Than, Kanitha Tith, Lyno Vuth, Maline Yim, and New York-based Pete Pin.

Residency Partners: Asia Art Archive in America, Asian Cultural Council, Bose Pacia, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Residency Unlimited (RU), and Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education

Public Program Partners: Asia Society and Museum, Arts Brookfield, BAM, Cornell University, ICI (Independent Curators International), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parsons The New School of Design, Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Media Partner: ArtAsiaPacific


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