Curated by Anida Yoeu Ali
In the aftermath of war, over 1 million Cambodian refugees fled with their families to rebuild their lives in other countries. From near artistic annihilation, the cultural arts of Cambodia were valiantly recovered and preserved by Cambodians inside and outside of the country thus leading to a unique contemporary intersection. For twenty-first century Cambodians, art has begun to question and engage the present. Recognizing the critical global and local contributions of Cambodian diaspora artists, this roundtable discussion features an intergenerational group of visual and performing artists to share their experiences and ideas.
Panelists will address issues of transnational identities and the ways in which the act of returning “home” functions as an important point of encounter or departure for their artistic practices. Curated and moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali, this panel will feature dancer/choreographer Prumsodun Ok, photographer Pete Pin, conceptual artist Amy Lee Sanford, and visual artist/scholar LinDa Saphan.
Please RSVP by Monday, April 22, 2013 using the form below. Reservations are also accepted via phone (212.992.9653).
Prumsodun Ok (b. 1987, Long Beach)
works to positively transform our world through his practice as an artist, teacher, storyteller and idea generator. Prum’s interdisciplinary performances contemplate René Daumal’s expression of “the avant-garde in antiquity,” mining the tradition of Khmer classical dance to explore the intersection of contemporary social issues with new possibilities for performance. Prum has presented his original works at venues such as REDCAT (NOW Festival 2012, Studio 2009 & 2010), Highways, KUNST-STOFF arts/fest, CounterPULSE, and Pieter among others. His writings have been published by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), Salon.com, LA Stage Times, In Dance Magazine
, and featured by the California Dance Network. Among many honors, Prum is a TED Fellow, a Master Artist in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, an Association of Performing Arts Presenters Artist Fellow, and was a mentee to Oguri through the Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange Grant. Currently, he is Associate Artistic Director of Khmer Arts and serves on ACTA’s Board of Directors. Visit Prumsodum Ok’s website
Pete Pin (b.1982, Kao-I-Dang)
is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand and immigrated to California in the mid-1980s. Raised in the inner-city of Stockton and Long Beach, California, he dropped out of high school in his junior year to work full-time. He received his BA at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated magna cum laude in Political Science with high departmental honors and was awarded the Outstanding Honors Thesis award for the best honors thesis in his department, and the Documentary and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan, where he was awarded the Allan L Modotti Scholarship. Pete purchased his first camera months before embarking on a PhD program at Berkeley and abandoned his studies to pursue documentary photography. He 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. Currently, he is working on a long-term project on the Cambodian diaspora. Visit http://www.petepin.com/
Amy Lee Sanford (b.1972, Phnom Penh)
is a Cambodian American visual artist working 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. Born in Phnom Penh in 1972, her father arranged for Amy to live with his American wife, in the United States. In July 1974, nine months before the Khmer Rouge took full control of the country, Barbara arrived in Phnom Penh for Amy. Amid rocket launches and raids, Barbara and infant Amy left Cambodia. Amy grew up in the northeastern United States. At Brown University, Amy studied art, science, and engineering. She furthered her art studies with individual courses at The Rhode Island School of Design, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, and Harvard University. She has exhibited work in Boston, New York, California, London, and Phnom Penh. Amy is currently one of Season of Cambodia’s ten artists in residence, with a studio through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, on Governor’s Island. Visit http://amyleesanford.com/
LinDa Saphan (b. 1975, Phnom Penh)
was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime, she took up residence for over two decades in Canada and France. Her graduate study at the Sorbonne and l’Ecole Normale Superieure was in Social Sciences with prior degree study in Anthropology and Khmer Studies. She currently teaches sociology at Manhattan College in New York. As a visual artist, Dr. Saphan’s work has been included in several collective exhibitions throughout Cambodia, Myanmar, Kenya, Hungary, Singapore, France, and the United States. Her artwork can be seen at Singapore Art Museum and Pierogi 2000 in Brooklyn and Van Cleve Fine Art in San Diego, USA. Visit http://www.saphan.info
Anida Yoeu Ali (b. 1974, Battambang) is an artist whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. After residing for over three decades outside of Cambodia, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her 2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellowship. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. Her pioneering work with the critically acclaimed group “I Was Born With Two Tongues (1998-2003)” is archived with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Anida earned her B.F.A. from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and an M.F.A. from School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent artist run media lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she currently resides. Visit www.studio-revolt.com.
A group exhibition, titled 1975, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, and LinDa Saphan, and curated by Chuong-Dai Vo.
Opening reception: April 27, 2013, 6-8PM
On view: April 27-May 26, 2013, by appointment & Saturday Noon-4PM
at Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Queens, NY 11377
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