Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
In collaboration with Sa Sa Bassac, a gallery and resource center based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, MCASB presents a solo exhibition of new and recent work by Khvay Samnang (b. 1982, Svay Rieng, CM). The artist is known for making work that offers new interpretations of history and contentious current affairs, while resisting the polarizing language known to media and legal reports. Prompted by instinct and hearsay, as well as direct experience and media sources, Samnang follows stories that he believes require intervention. He has often addressed the impacts of colonialism and globalization on Cambodia, in an artistic practice that spans performance, photography, video, installation and sculpture.
Khvay’s solo exhibitions include The Pacific Project: Khvay Samnang, Orange County Museum of Art (2016); Rubber Man, Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC, Bordeaux (2015); Human Nature, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Singapore (2014); and Newspaper Man, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2012). His group exhibitions include The Khmer Rouge and the consequences. Documentation as artistic memory work, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin (2015), A Time For Dreams, IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014), If The World Changed, 4th Singapore Biennale (2014), Everyday Life: 4th Asian Art Biennale, Taipei Fine Art Museum (2013), Sights and Sounds: Global Video Art, The Jewish Museum, NYC (2013), Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, ifa, Berlin and Stuttgart (2013), and Poetic Politic, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco (2012).
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website