Monthly Archives: April 2013

Legacy of Now panel —at NYU A/P/A Institute— April 23, 2013, 6-9PM

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents

Legacy of Now

In partnership with Season of Cambodia, an initiative of Cambodian Living Arts

legacy of now

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A/P/A Institute
8 Washington Mews

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.

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1975: Group Exhibition of Diasporic Cambodian Art — Kickstarter campaign!

A Kickstarter campaign to support the exhibition “1975” Group Exhibition of Diasporic Cambodian Art at Topaz Arts in Queens, NY

1975 kickstarter

What is this fundraiser for? 

An 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, 6pm-8pm
On view: April 27-May 26, 2013, by appointment & Saturday Noon-4pm
Location: Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Queens, NY 11377

What is the exhibition about? 

This exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian, woman artists whose works exemplify the dynamic contemporary art scene in Phnom Penh: Anida Yoeu Ali’s photographs and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge; Amy Lee Sanford’s video and prints share with viewers the process of uncovering a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew; and LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh take us back to her mother’s memories of living there.

Why is this exhibition important?

The Khmer Rouge regime killed 1.7 million people and left another one million as refugees; 90% of the country’s artists were killed or were forced to flee. In the last three decades, a new generation of artists has been rebuilding the country and creating a new cultural scene.

This exhibition is planned to coincide with Season of Cambodia, an unprecedented initiative bringing more than 125 Cambodian artists to New York City, to highlight the post-1979 rebirth of the arts in the Southeast Asian country.

This exhibition, 1975, is historically significant because it is the only visual art event that foregrounds the contributions of woman artists and diasporic Cambodian artists to the construction of a post-war and post-genocide society. Although the dates for the exhibition coincide with the Season of Cambodia festival, the exhibition is independently organized and funded.

There are few exhibitions of contemporary Cambodian art in the world in general, and in the U.S. in particular. Your contribution will help us make this exhibition happen!

Who are the artists in the exhibition?

Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist and scholar whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent artist-run media lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she currently resides. For further details about her work and process, visit

Amy Lee Sanford is a Cambodian American visual artist who works cross media, from drawing and sculpture to performance and video. Her art addresses the evolution of emotional stagnation, and the lasting psychological effects of war, including aspects of guilt, loss, alienation, and displacement. She was born in Phnom Penh during the Lon Nol government of the early 1970s; her father, an intellectual, sent her out of the country with his American wife nine months before the Khmer Rouge took over the country. Currently, she is an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, through the Season of Cambodia events taking place in New York. Her work can be seen at

LinDa Saphan was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime, she and her family lived for more than two decades in Canada and France. In 2005, Saphan co-organized Visual Arts Open, a landmark contemporary art festival that introduced Cambodian artists to the international art market. Recognizing a lack of resources to support women artists in Cambodia, she established the “Selapak Neari” program the same year, providing workshops, networking opportunities, and an exhibition space for emerging women artists. At the same time, she curated the first group exhibition at the Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture. Saphan earned a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Sorbonne in 2007. Her work can be seen

Who is the curator?

Chuong-Dai Vo is an independent curator and writer based in NYC and a Visiting Scholar at MIT. Her curatorial and scholarly work focus on how war and diasporic migrations affect the production of literature, cinema and visual culture, in particular in the circuits between Asia and the U.S. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Program and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, among others. Her most recent project was a co-curated group exhibition titled War is for the Living.

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AAWAA and APICC co-present “underCurrents & the Quest for Space” — Arts Exhibition and Events



Asian American Women Artists Association and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
As part of The United States of Asian America Festival
 “underCurrents and the Quest for Space,”
an arts exhibtion that subverts stereotypes, discrimination and invisibility.Click here to : Like us on Facebook and Share the Event

• Exhibition Dates: May 2nd – 25th, 2013
• Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 5pm – 8pm
• Poetry Reading, Poetry underCurrents: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 7pm – 8:30pm
• Panel Discussion: Saturday, May 25th, 2013 1pm – 3pm
• Location:
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
****Admission to the exhibition and programs is free****

Featured Artists:
Salma Arastu, Jung Ran Bae, Michele Benzamin-Miki, Manon Bogerd-Wada, Mitsuko Brooks, Karen Chew, Samantha Chundur, Shari Arai DeBoer, Reiko Fujii, Kate Hers, Zilka Joseph, Kay Kang, Miyang Kim, Alexandra Lee, Mido Lee, Brenda Louie, Li Ma, Choppy Oshiro, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Yoshie Sakai, Pallavi Sharma, Cindy Shih, Judy Shintani, Shizue Seigel, Valerie Soe, Cynthia Tom, Laura Wong, Leslie Zeitler, Stella Zheng, Xiaojie Zheng

Linda Inson Choy, Asian and Asian American Art

Jay Xu, Director and CEO of The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and Mary-Ann Milford, Professor of Art History, Mills College, Oakland

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue.



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Việt Lê lecture at UIC April 1, 2013 4:00-5:30pm

UIC Asian American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies proudly present:

Việt Lê. April 1st 4:00- 5:30 pm

Daley Library Conference room 1-470
801 S Morgan St Chicago IL 60607

Reception Following

Free and Open to the Public

Lê’s talk, “Transnational Desires Or, Memory, Autobiography, Photography
and Pornography,” discusses artistic and curatorial practice, including his
*boy bang/ gang band *series and recent retro sci fi project–*Love
Bang!*–a sexperimental art music video. His work deals with the
intersections of popular culture, sexuality and the traumas of history and
modernity in diasporic Southeast Asia.

You can see *Love Bang!* here:*

watch an interview with Viet Le at

and see some of his previous work at

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. His work deals with popular
visual culture, historical trauma, and modernity in Southeast Asia and its
diasporas, particularly Việt Nam and Cambodia. Lê has been published
in *positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; Fuse; Amerasia Journal;
Asia Art Archive; Newsweek Asia*; and the anthologies *Writing from the
Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us*; *Modern and
Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; *among others. Lê’s artwork has been
featured at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul,
Korea; Cape Museum of Fine Arts, MA, USA; 1a Space, Hong Kong; among other
venues. Lê has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation,
Fulbright-Hays, William Joiner Center, Fine Arts Work Center, Center for
Khmer Studies, and PEN Center USA Lê curated *Miss Saigon with the
Wind*(Highways, Santa Monica) and *Charlie Don’t Surf!* (Centre A,
Vancouver, BC); and co-curated *humor us*(Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,
LA, CA), and *transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix* (Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San
Francisco) and the 2012 *Kuandu Biennale* (Taipei). He has co-edited special
issues of BOL Journal (*Việt Nam and Us*, 2008) and *Reflections: A Journal
of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy* (Syracuse University
Press, 2008). Lê received his MFA from the University of California,
Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He
received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and was a
postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei. Lê is an Assistant
Professor in the Visual Studies Program and Visual & Critical Studies
Graduate Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

For more information about the event, contact Laura Fugikawa at

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