May 4 – June 14, 2017
This exhibit takes a deeper look at contemporary art in Cambodia, the subtleties and complexities that characterize a fluid present moving between past and future. With a tendency towards personal narratives, the figure has emerged, forming a thread to tie together the complexities of personal histories, social issues, identity, displacement and memory. This significant exhibition includes work by ten contemporary Cambodian artists, established and emerging. Some have exhibited in the U.S. and around the world while others have only shown in Asia. Curators: Debra Fram + Barbara Richards
Anida Yoeu ALI
LIM Muy Theam
Thursday May 4, 6-8 pm Opening Reception
Friday May 5, 8 pm Screening of Film “The Missing Picture” – Cole Auditorium: Filmmaker Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, committed between 1975 and 1979.
Saturday May 6, 3:30 pm Cambodian Music Concert – Cole Auditorium: Using traditional Cambodian instruments, this concert showcases the breadth of Cambodian music. Between songs, the performers will explain the meaning and symbolism of the music.
Sunday May 7, 1:30 pm “Tying the Foot: Meaning Through Humor and Wit in Cambodia” Talk by Dana Langlois, Artistic Director and Curator – Second Floor Meeting Room: The subtle and codified expressions of politics and other taboo subjects in Cambodia are well established in the arts, but are not always obvious. This talk will take examples from pop culture, literature and contemporary art that are subversive and mischievous, saying quite alot in a subtle way.
followed at 3 pm by “Never Fall Down” Book Discussion with Arn Chorn-Pond & author Patricia McCormick – Second Floor Meeting Room: Based on the life of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, this powerfully unforgettable story of war and survival describes how one Cambodian boy survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Saturday May 13, 3 pm “Art in Post-Conflict Cambodia: What that Means Today” Panel Discussion – Cole Auditorium: The discussion will be moderated by Rachel Cooper, Director for Global Performing Arts and Special Cultural Initiatives at the Asia Society in New York City. The panelists include Phloeun Prim, Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts in Phnom Penh and Dana Langlois, Founder and Artistic Director of JavaArts in Phnom Penh. A third panelist TBA.
Saturday May 20, 2 pm “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” Documentary Film / Q&A with Filmmaker John Pirozzi – Second Floor Meeting Room: This documentary presents Cambodian rock music in the 1960s and 1970s, before the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodian Genocide. Through the eyes, words, and songs of its popular music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, this film examines and unravels Cambodia’s tragic past, culminating in the genocidal Khmer Rouge’s dismantling of the society and murder of two million of its citizens.