Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present “Love of the Land,” a solo exhibition of works by internationally renowned Cambodian artist Khvay Samnang, taking place concurrently across two venues in Tomio Koyama Galley Roppongi and Tomio Koyama Gallery Tennoz.
The exhibit at Roppongi features photographs and video works from the series “Popil” (2018), while the show at Tennoz introduces the 2021 video work “Calling for Rain.” Both works will be presented in Japan for the first time.
【Calling for Rain】
The video work “Calling for Rain” presented in Tennoz, is Samnang’s latest work that was commissioned for the 2021 Children’s Biennale by National Gallery Singapore.
Drawing inspiration from “Reamker,” the Cambodian version of the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, the story follows the quest of Kiri (The Monkey) after the loss of his home due to the destruction of the forest. As the narrative unfolds, it becomes clear that the problems of the forest and its surrounding fields and rivers are linked to the irresponsible behaviours of Aki (the Fire Dragon). Kiri summons his strength and, with the help of his friends and beloved KongKea (The Fish), screams a voice for rain to stop the fire, which also brings about a change in Aki.
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