Khvay Samnang “Enjoy My Sand”
October 21 (Wed.) – November 9 (Mon.), 2015
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery
Opening reception: 10. 21 (Wed) 18:00 – 20:00
【Talk Event by Khvay Samnang and Yusaku Imamura (Director of Tokyo Wonder Site)】
8/ COURT (in front of 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery on the 8th floor of Shibuya Hikarie)
October 21 (Wed.), 2015
18:00 – 19:30
Doors open: 17:45
Booking: NOT required
Organizer: Tomio Koyama Gallery
Cooperation: Tokyo Wonder Site
Khvay Samnang is one of Cambodia’s most important artists amongst the new generation. Using many approaches such as photography, video, installation, sculpture and performance, he explores new perspectives and interpretations of history, culture and current affairs. He often deals with themes related to the Cambodian context, which, in his humanistic approach also reflects on universal themes.
Fluidity, historical significance, and ongoing social and political issues around land have fascinated Khvay for many years. His photographic and video work “Untitled” (2010-2011) shows the artist pouring sand over himself in Phnom Penh’s lakes, many of which have been filled with sand for private development with forced eviction of many residents.
“If you want to learn, you must spend time, and really enjoy!” said Khvay, whose work is often filled with sense of humor. This exhibition features “Enjoy My Sand” where the artist wore large horns made with human hair and carried people he met at the beach in Singapore. This “Cow Taxi” series continues from one in Asakusa, Tokyo, during the artist’s stay in the residency at Tokyo Wonder Site as well as in Phnom Penh. “Enjoy My Sand” is a humorous critique surrounding the geopolitical and economic questions of land and resource management, in this case the export of river sand from Cambodia to Singapore, where the coastlines are constantly expanded for recreation. To offer signals, symbolism, and questions in many layers engaging seemingly absurd act of performance lies in the core of his artistic practice.
Khvay Samang was born in 1982 in Cambodia, and graduated from Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh in 2006. He has held solo exhibitions at Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC, Bordeaux (2015), SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2011, 2012, 2014), and Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore (2014). His group exhibitions include the Asia Pacific Triennial 8, Brisbane, Australia (forthcoming 2015), 4th Singapore Biennale (2013-2014), “Sights and Sounds: Global Video Art”, The Jewish Museum, NYC (2013) among many others. His residencies include TWS Creators in Residence program, Tokyo Wonder Site (2010, 2011), and Bethenian Kunstlerhaus, Berlin (2014-2015).