2013 SEASON OF CAMBODIA Festival Announces NYC IN RESIDENCE Visual Arts Program, 4/6-5/31
Amy Lee SANFORD
Born in 1972 in Phnom Penh, Amy Lee Sanford is a Cambodian-American artist based in Phnom Penh. Sanford works in both two and three dimensions, and performance. Her work explores the evolution of emotional stagnation, and the lasting psychological effects of war, including aspects of guilt, loss, alienation, and displacement.
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).
Born in 1972 in Battambang, Cambodia, Svay Sareth lives and works in Siem Reap. Svay's artistic practice responds to themes of his life and traverses both present and historical moments. His work in sculpture, installation and performance questions the politics of power, processes of survival, or the more the playful idea of adventure. Until recently his practice has centered on the lasting effects of war, but his more current works mark a clear shift to the present tense, in which he interrogates the notion and use of power with the driving idea that "the present is also a dangerous time."
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.
Born in 1984 in Takeo province, Cambodia, Than Sok lives and works in Phnom Penh. Working in sculpture, installation, video, and performance, Than's practice is rooted heavily in the investigation of religious and spiritual beliefs, materials, and rituals. His work often brings to attention the parallels between monastic and artistic traditions in Cambodia, and their dual roles in conveying and defining culture and values.
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).
Born in 1987 in Phnom Penh, Tith Kanitha lives and works in Phnom Penh. Tith's emerging practice is driven by her desire to try something new and unexpected in the context in which she lives. Working in various media, her sculptures tend to value intuition, process and form while her performances are driven by contentious social issues such as women's rights and urban evictions.
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).
Vandy Rattana (B. 1980, Phnom Penh) lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris, and Taipei.
Rattana began his practice in 2005 concerned with the lack of physical documentation accounting for the stories, traits, and monuments unique to his culture. His serial work employed a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice. His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. For Vandy, photographs are now fictional constructions, abstract and poetic surfaces, histories of their own.
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).
Vuth Lyno (b. 1982, Phnom Penh) is an artist and curator. Vuth's artistic practice encompasses photography and sound and is primarily participatory in nature, engaging specific Cambodian communities and the cultures unique to them. His curatorial practice currently considers community and notions of the alternative.
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.
Born 1982 in Battambang, Cambodia, Maline lives and works in Siem Reap. Yim's artistic practice activates memories specific to her childhood growing up amidst civil war and the legacies connected to this. Using fantasy to reconstruct fragility, her ambitious and skillful use of materials challenges our perception, while an inherent vein of uncertainty and tension challenges our comfort. From her meticulous graphite-on-paper drawings to her intricate sculptures in clay or lace, she asks us to adjust.
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
Season of Cambodia Visual Art Program Director, and Co-Curator Leeza Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and consultant. She was recently member of the esteemed Agents/Curatorial Team for dOCUMENTA (13) Germany (June 2012). As a noted specialist of art in Central Asia, Ahmady has presented many significant artists of the region in international art forums such as the Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennial, and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. In her role as Director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) a biennial event initiated by Asia Society Museum, Ahmady brings together leading New York City museums and galleries to participate in special exhibitions, lectures, and performances. Her efforts in complicating categorical notions about Asia have resulted in an expanded list of participating artists, and a broad consortium of venues that support the initiative, such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Ahmady's notable exhibitions and project include: The Taste of Others, apexart, New York (2005); The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, Bose Pacia, New York (2007); Parable of the Garden: New Media Art from Iran and Central Asia, College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Ewing (2008); I Dream of the Stans, Winkleman Gallery, New York and MARTE-Museo de Arte de El Salvador (2008); Tarjama /Translation, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, N.Y. (2009) and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (2010). Ahmady's role as member of Agent/Curatorial team for dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition Kassel, Germany (2012) included contributions to dOCUMENTA Kabul-Bamiyan seminars and exhibition in Afghanistan, and a notebook on Uzbek artist Vyacheslav Akhunov as part of "100 Thoughts - 100 Notes" dOCUMENTA Notebook series.
Season of Cambodia Visual Art Program Co-Curator Erin Gleeson is a curator, writer and noted specialist on contemporary art from Cambodia. She is currently Artistic Director of SA SA BASSAC, Cambodia's first and only gallery and reading room exclusively dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions, projects and education, which she co-founded with artist collective Stiev Selepak in 2011. Since 2005, Gleeson has curated over 40 exhibitions with Cambodian artists and collaborated with numerous project and exhibition partners to extend their practices regionally and internationally. Gleeson's lectures have been widely hosted with partners such as Asia Art Archive, Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Artsonje Center, Seoul; 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane; Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY; Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, and Tokyo Wonder Site. Gleeson has participated in various curatorial workshops including: Small Spaces in the Mekong Region, SAMUSO; Curatorial Critique, Asian Cultural Council, HK; Curatorial Approach Marathon 8, Insitut für Raumexperimente, Berlin; and The Ho Chi Min Trail Project, Long March Space, Beijing. She regularly authors exhibition texts, and has recently contributed to dOCUMENTA(13) The Guidebook (2012), and Mei Shu Wen Xian journal (2013). Her essay "Mutualism for the Future" explored the symbiotic model as metaphor for curator-artist relations (16 Essays on Curating in Asia, Para/Site, 2009). Gleeson is the Cambodian Desk Editor for Art Asia Pacific. She is a nominee for the 2012 Independent Vision Award from Independent Curators International. Her current exhibition and book project Phnom Penh: Rescue Archeology/ Contemporary Art and Urban Change in Cambodia opens at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Berlin, 2013. Also in 2013, Gleeson serves as a co-curator of the Singapore Biennale.
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.