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2013 SEASON OF CAMBODIA Festival Announces NYC IN RESIDENCE Visual Arts Program, 4/6-5/31

Related: Season of Cambodia, In Residence

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/.

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

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

Media Partner:
ArtAsiaPacific

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
Sopheap Pich: Compound
Winter Garden, Brookfield Place World Financial Center / Arts Brookfield

February 26 - June 2
Vandy Rattana: Bomb Ponds
Asia Society Museum

April 4 - May 27
Svay Sareth: Churning
Plaza, Brookfield Place World Financial Center / Arts Brookfield

Dates TBD
Lim Sokchanlina: Wrapped Future
BAM (Brooklyn Academy Of Music)

Additional Solo Exhibitions:

February 23 - June 16
Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich
Curated by John Guy
Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 18 - June 1
Drifting Through Restraint: Sopheap Pich
Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Symposiums:

April 6 & 7
Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York
Parsons The New School for Design, School of Constructed Environments

April 20, full day
Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry
Cornell University Art, Architecture, and Planning Center NYC

Conversations with artists and curators:

April 14
Sunday At The Met: Sopheap Pich in Conversation with John Guy
Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 26
Artists Talk: Leang Seckon, Pete Pin
1040 Lounge, Bronx Museum of the Arts

May 14
Dialogues in Contemporary Art: Take 5 with Erin Gleeson and Leeza Ahmady
ICI (Independent Curators International)

April 24
Artists in Discussion: Amy Lee Sanford and Pete Pin as part of "Legacy of Now" Symposium
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University

May 21
Artist Talk: Khvay Samnang
Residency Unlimited

Open Studios:

April 26
Open Studios: Leang Seckon, Pete Pin
Bronx Museum of the Arts

May 2
Open Studios: Tith Kanitha, Yim Maline
Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia

May 25, 26 & 27
Open Studios: Lim Sokchanlina, Amy Lee Sanford, Than Sok, Svay Sareth, Vandy Rattana
Curated by Vuth Lyno
Building 110: LMCC's Art Center at Governors Island

Residencies:

April 1 - May 30, 2013

Khvay Samnang
Residency Unlimited (Casita Maria Center for Art and Education)

Leang Seckon
Bronx Museum of the Arts

Lim Sokchanlina
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Building 110 on Governors Island

Pete Pin
Bronx Museum of the Arts

Amy Lee Sanford
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Building 110 on Governors Island

Svay Sareth
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Building 110 on Governors Island

Than Sok
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Building 110 on Governors Island

Tith Kanitha
Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia

Vandy Rattana
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Building 110 on Governors Island

Yim Maline
Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia

Vuth Lyno
Curatorial Residency (Mobile)

About IN RESIDENCE Artists

KHVAY SAMNANG
Born in 1982 in Svay Rieng province, Cambodia, Khvay Samnang lives and works in Phnom Penh.
With subtlety and humor, Khvay's artistic practice engages with concepts of mediation, change and continuity. The figure is prominent in his serial photography and performance work, in which he documents himself and others enacting pithy gestures. These he considers offerings for new interpretations of history, longstanding cultural practices, and contentious current affairs.

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.

LEANG SECKON
Born in Prey Veng province, Cambodia, Leang Seckon lives and works between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Peace, resolution and transformation are key themes in Leang's recent work, as are environmental concerns such as global warming, climate change, and care for the water. He works in sculpture, installation, performance, and collage. His practice is equally influenced by his own personal history, Cambodia's past, and outlook for the future.

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 SOKCHANLINA
Born in 1987 in Prey Veng province, Cambodia, Lim Sokchanlina lives and works in Phnom Penh. Lim's works primarily in photography, with an interest in the documentary image as conceptual practice. His serial photographs are carefully staged; early works show scenarios involving himself as protagonist as a way to call attention to a variety of social, cultural, economic and environmental changes in Cambodia resulting from globalization. Lim's recent works approach similar themes through fantastical landscapes requiring laborious processes.

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

SOPHEAP PICH
Born in 1971 in Battambang province, Cambodia, Sopheap Pich lives and works in Phnom Penh.
Working primarily with rattan and bamboo, Pich's early sculptural works (2004 - 2010) addressed issues of time, memory, and the body, often relating to Cambodia's history, particularly with regard to his childhood recollections of life during the Khmer Rouge period (1975-79), and its culture, both its ancient traditions and contemporary struggles. In his recent wall relief works (2011 - ), Pich departs from the burden of socio-political references. Working with materials indigenous to Cambodia - bamboo, rattan, burlap, beeswax and earth pigments- Pich turns inwards towards his practice itself, its materiality and formal references.

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).

PETE PIN
Born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand, Pete Pin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Pin purchased his first camera only months before embarking on a PhD program at Berkeley and soon abandoned his studies to pursue documentary photography. Pin's practice investigates themes of displacement, memory, and the complex experiences of the Cambodian Diaspora. His projects endeavor to build meaningful dialogues within Diaspora communities in the US, and instigate connections to their personal and collective histories.

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.

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