MAY 4 - JUNE 14, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MAY 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Cambodia: Looking Back on the Future takes a deeper look at contemporary art in Cambodia, exploring notions of time, identity and history. Central to all the works selected for the exhibition is the human figure. The figure, like in traditional art forms, is an important device for many artists to assert personal narratives, implying significance and meaning in the context of larger historical events.
In 1975, Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, who for five years destroyed the country and the culture, and brought a screeching halt to all development. This exhibition proposes to present works by Cambodian and diaspora artists that investigate the complexity of war and resilience.
This exhibition will present a selection of contemporary works by 11 artists, in a variety of medium, that are rooted in personal narratives and look not only at the legacy of trauma but also peace. In addition, a program of films, talks, a book discussion, and a musical performance will provide a framework to understand the context in which the works were made.
Artists include: Anida Yoeu ALI, YIM Maline, Marine KY, OEUR Sokuntevy, Chath PIERSATH, HENG Ravuth, LEANG Seckon, NEAK Sophal, LIM MUY Theam, CHOV Theanly, and KONG Vollak. (Cambodian family names are generally written in all caps and are listed first. However, diaspora artists list their family names after their first names.)
During the course of the exhibition, the gallery will present several public programs including film screenings, talks and performances that will further expand on topics that are important for understanding and appreciating contemporary art in Cambodia today. All programs are free and open to the public. Artwork is for sale and commissions help support the programs of the Friends of Greenwich Library.