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    Khvay Samnang, Air, 2011, C-print, 80 x 120 cm, 7 ex + 2 AP (detail)

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    Khvay Samnang, Untitled, 2011, C-print, 80 x 120 cm, 7 ex + 2 AP (detail)

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    Khvay Samnang, Preah Ream Thlaeng Sor, 2012, C-print, 80 x 120 cm, 4 ex + 1 AP; 120 x 180 cm, 3 ex + 1 AP (detail)

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    Khvay Samnang, Human Nature, 2010-11, C-print, 80 x 120 cm, 4 ex + 1 AP; 120 x 180 cm, 3 ex + 1 AP (detail)

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    Khvay Samnang, Samnang Cow Taxi Moves Sand, 2011, one-channel video, 5 ex + 1 AP


Khvay Samnang 2014/15

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About Samnang
Mapping Southeast Asia

The artistic performances, videos and photographs of Khvay Samnang (born 1982 in Svay Rieng, lives and works in Phnom Penh/Cambodia) address concepts of change, continuity and communication. His works offer new views on historic and current events as well as on traditional cultural rituals using humorous symbolic gestures. Khvay is a founding member of the first Cambodian art collective called ‘Stiev Selapak’ (‘art rebels’) dedicated to reappraising and remembering Cambodian history and visual culture and rebuilding a contemporary art scene disrupted by the regime of the Khmer Rouge. In 2010, Stiev Selapak set up the experimental exhibition and project spaces ‘Sa Sa Art Projects’ (2010) and ‘SA SA BASSAC’ (2011) in Phnom Penh. 


2013 Residency „Season of Cambodia”, Cambodian Living Arts, New York
2010/2011Residencies Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokio
2006BA (Painting) Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), Phnom Penh

Selected solo shows:

2015 Khvay Samnang: Rubber Man, Jeu de Paume, Paris
2014Human Nature, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Singapur
2012Newspaper Man, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh

Selected group shows:

2015The Khmer Rouge and its Consequences Documentation as Artistic Memory Work, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2014Staging Cambodia: Video, Memory & Rock ’n’ Roll, Festival, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
20134th Singapore Biennale Sights and Sounds: Global Video Art, The Jewish Museum, New York Phnom Penh: Rescue Archeology, ifa-Galerie, Berlin/Stuttgart
2012Roundtable, Tobias Rehberger Pavilion „You Owe Me. I Don’t Owe You Nothin”, Gwangju Biennale
2011 Between / Myanmar – Cambodia, Metahouse, Phnom Penh

Ausstellung im Künstlerhaus Bethanien:

Khvay Samnang - "Footprints of Yantra Man"

28. August bis 20. September 2015
Eröffnung 27. August 2015, 19 Uhr

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue:

Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert (eds.), Khvay Samnang: The Land Beneath My Feet, including an essay by Brianne Cohen and an interview by Hendrik Folkerts, Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, 2015.



Mapping Southeast Asia: Contemporary Art and Public Space
Panel talk with grant holders of KfW Stiftung on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific-Weeks Berlin 2015.

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