Biography / CV

Khvay Samnang, Enjoy My Sand, 2013-2015, Digital C-Print, 80 x 120 cm.

Khvay Samnang was born in 1982 in Svay Rieng, Cambodia. He graduated from the Painting Department at the Royal University of Fine Art in Phnom Penh, where he lives and works today. Khvay’s multidisciplinary practice offers new views on historic and current events as well as on traditional cultural rituals using humorous symbolic gestures. In his work, which includes all media, he focuses on the humanitarian and ecological impacts of colonialism and globalization. The development of each body of work is based on thorough research and investigation of local specificities, structures and conditions. Traveling is a crucial tool for his practice. Engaging directly and personally with local communities – within and beyond the cultural scene – is an integral part of his work, which makes it highly relevant, critical and connectable to various contemporary discourses. His work shows a remarkable ability to engage with cultural and geographic contexts as well as with spatial and institutional settings.

Khvay Samnang is among the most promising up-and-coming international artists. His outstanding artistic significance is proven by his prestigious exhibition and grant portfolio. His solo exhibitions include Khvay Samnang “Preah Kunlong” & “Where is my land?”, Batia Sarem Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia; Capsule 10: Khvay Samnang, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2019); Where is my land?, Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh (2017); Bloom Projects Exchange Series, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA (2016); The Pacific Project: Khvay Samnang, Orange County Museum of Art, CA, USA; Footprints of Yantra Man, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, Enjoy My Sand, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Rubber Man, Jeu de Paume, Paris, CAPC Bordeaux, France (2015); Human Nature, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Singapore (2014); and Newspaper Man, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2012). His group exhibitions include Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia; Borderlines, Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, UK; Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past, Present, Future, CU Art Museum, The University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA (2019); Post Nature (Taipei Biennial 2018), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Constructing Mythologies, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong; Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2018); Fleeting Territories, Kunstraum Niederosterreich, Vienna, Austria; DOCUMENTA 14, Athens, Greece / Kassel, Germany; People, Money, Ghosts, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok (2017); Future Nature, Jack Hanley Gallery, NYC, USA; Phnom Penh, Rescures Archaeology, The Body and the Lens in the City, Fragments Empire: Cambodian Art from the Angkor Period, John Young Museum of Art, University of Hawaii, Manoa and Shifting Geographies, Bophanna Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh (2016), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Globale: Global Control and Censorship, ZKM | Center of Art an Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2015); A Time For Dreams, IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014), If The World Changed, 4th Singapore Biennale (2014), Sights and Sounds: Global Video Art, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA (2013), Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, ifa, Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany, and Poetic Politic, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, USA (2012).

Khvay Samnang is a founding member of Stiev Selapak, an art collective dedicated to reappraising and remembering Cambodian history and exploring continuities in visual practices disrupted by civil war and the Khmer Rouge regime. In 2010/11, Stiev Selapak set up two nonprofit art spaces in Phnom Penh: Sa Sa Art Projects, for experimental residencies, knowledge-sharing, and community-based programs; and SA SA BASSAC, a gallery, resource center, and reading room. He teaches Contemporary Art Class to emerging Cambodian artists under the program of Sa Sa Art Projects. In 2016 was nominated for the Future Generation Art Prize, Ukraine, in 2015 he was nominated for Prix Pictet Prize; AIGA AGO Photography Prize Long List, Canada; the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong; and Prudential Eye Awards Best Emerging Artist in Asia Using Photography, Singapore. In 2014-15 he was a grant holder of KfW Stiftung for the 12-month programme ‘Artists in Residence’ in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; in 2017 he was invited by KfW Stiftung as an alumnus to participate in a think tank with the world-renowned dancer and choreographer Akram Khan.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019         Khvay Samnang “Preah Kunlong” and “Where is my land?”, Batia Sarem Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia

                 Capsule 10: Khvay Samanng, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

2017        Where is My Land? Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2016        Bloom Projects Exchange Series, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA

2015        The Pacific Project: Khvay Samnang, Orange Counry Museum of Art, CA, USA

                  Enjoy My Sand, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

                  Footprints of Yantra Man, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

                  Rubber Man: L’Homme caoutchouc, Jeu de Paume, Paris, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

2014        Human Nature, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Singapore

                  Rubber Man, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Staging Cambodia: Video, Memory and Rock-n-Roll, HAU, Berlin, Germany

2012        Newspaper Man, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2011        Human Nature, Royal University of Fine Art, Phnom Penh / PhotoPhomPenh, Cambodia

                  Untitled, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Wedding + Hair, Hotel de la Paix Arts Lounge, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2010        Wedding, Sa Sa Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2009        Hair, Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019       Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

                 Borderlines, Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, UK

                Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past, Present, Future, CU Art Museum, The University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA

2018      Post Nature (Taipei Biennial 2018), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

                Beyond Wonder – Perspectives of Utopia, Art and Design Center at Nagoya University of Arts, Tokyo, Japan

                Constructing Mythologies, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

                 Taehwa Eco Art Festival 2018, Ulsan, South Korea

                  Sopheap Pich-Khvay Samnang-Shooshie Sulaiman, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

                  Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

                  When animals talked to human, Travesia Cuatro Gallery, Madrid, Spain

                  Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2017        Le Paysage Apres Coup, Faux Mouvement- Contemporary Art Center, Metz, France

                  The Pacific, Libby Leshgod Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada

                  Fleeting Territories, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna

                  documenta 14, EMST, Athens, Greece, and Ottoneum, Kassel, Germany

                  Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia, Art Center Melbourne, Australia

                  The Darkened Mirror: Global Perspectives on Water, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, USA

                  Human Nature, Northern Photographic Center, Oulu, Finland

                  Dendromorphies : Créer avec l’arbre, Topographie de l’art, Paris

                  People, Money, Ghosts (Movement as Metaphor), Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand

                  Currents, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, USA

2016       The Immeasurable Here, Outlet Fine Art, NYC, USA

                  Anywhere but here, Betonsalon, Paris, France

                 Bloom Projects: Khvay Samnang, Footprints of Yantra Man, Musuem of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, California, USA

                  Histories of Future, National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Future Nature, Jack Hanley Gallery, NYC, USA

                  Phnom Penh, Rescues Archaeology, The Body and the Lens in the City, Fragments & Empire: Cambodian Art from the Angkor Period, John Young Museum of Art, University of Hawaii, Manoa

                  Shifting Geographies, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2015        Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

                  The Pacific Project: Khvay Samnang, Orange Country Museum of Art, California, USA

                  Globale: Global Control and Censorship, ZKM | Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

                  I see you see me, Delhi Photo Festival, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

                  inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2015 – Architectural Landscapes: SEA in the Forefront, Queens Museum, NYC, America

                  And That Which Was Always Known, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

                  Rates of Exchange, Un-Compared: Contemporary Art in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, H Gallery, Bangkok and SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh

                  Eagles Fly, Sheeps Flock, Southeast Asian Platform, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

                  Prudential Eye Awards Finalist Exhibition, Art Science Museum, Singapore

                  Social Engagement Artists, Tomio Koyama, Singapore

                  The Khmer Rouge and the consequences. Documentation as artistic memory work, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

2014        Swimming in Sand; Growing Rice Under an Umbrella, No Vacancy, Melbourne with parallel programming at National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre and Federation Square Melbourne, Australia

                  Phnom Penh Rescue Archaeology: The Body and the Lens in the City, Goldsmiths University of London for SEA Fest, UK

                  Looking at the Big Blue Sky, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Phnom Penh Rescue Archaeology: The Body and the Lens in the City, The Disappearance, Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore

                  Medicine to Heal: Cambodian Photography since 2000, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Yunnan, China

                  Censorship, The 7th Move On Asia, Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul, South Korea

                  Rescue Archaeology: The Body and the Lens in the City, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh

2013        Everyday Life: 4th Asian Art Biennale, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

                  If The World Changed, 4th Singapore Biennale, Singapore

                  Sights and Sounds: Global Video Art, The Jewish Museum, NYC, USA

                  Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, ifa, Berlin and Stuttgart, Berlin

                  Out of Nowhere: Photography in Cambodia, creativetimereports.org

                  Developments, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012        Poetic Politic, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, USA

                  Deep Sea, Primo Marella Gallery, Milano, Italy

                  Mondi, DryPhoto Contemporaneo, Prato, Italy

                  Tobias Rehberger Pavilion “You Owe Me. I Don’t Owe You Nothin.’ROUNDTABLE, Gwangju Biennale

                  Terra Incognita, Noorderlight Photography Festival, The Netherlands

                  Current Views and Actions: Photography and Performance Documentation from Phnom Penh, Northern Illinois Museum, USA

                  new artefacts, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Between Fantasy and Reality: Contact Photography Festival at The East Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                  Ruptures and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade, ICAS, Singapore

2011        Tokyo 2010, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Japan

                  Between / Myanmar-Cambodia, Metahouse, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Arles Photography Festival Night of the Year, Arles, France

2010        Luxury Time and Space, Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama, Japan

                  Orange International Photography Festival, Changsa, China

                  Big Eyes, Sa Sa Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2009       Forever Until Now: Contemporary Art from Cambodia, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

2008        Arles Photography Festival Night of the Year, Arles, France

                  Reminder, Photo Phnom Penh, Bophanna Audiovisual Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  I love PP, Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Silence, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2007        Menthoamada, Gasolina, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Spirit House, Khmer Arts Academy, Takhmao, Cambodia

                  14 + 1, French Cultural Center Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Market, Meta House, Phnom Penh , Cambodia

                  Surfacing, Sala Artspace, Phnom Penh Cambodia

                  Anon, Sala Artspace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2006        Contemporary Cambodian Art Review, Sala Artspace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  I am leaving, French Cultural Center Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2005        Sowing Seeds of Peace, Mekong River Basin, Institute of Education, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Similar things between the Khmer and the Thai, Thai Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2004        Life: Student Exhibition for the 86th Anniversary, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

SCREENING

2019      Artists’ films of Khvay Samnang, Cine Club, Bophana Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2018      Living on the EdgeThe Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2017        The People’s Summit, McCormick Place, Chicago, USA

                  Forces and Volumes, Bophana Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2015        Vidéothèque Project, Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona

                  Inaugural Vision Forum, Gwangju at the Asian Cultural Center, South Korea

                  BIMI Essay Film Festival, London

                  Video Art Festival FOKUS, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen

                  Inventing the Possible, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

NOMINATIONS

2016        Future Generation Art Prize, Ukraine

2015        Han Nefkens Foundation, BACC Award for Contemporary Art, Thailand

                  Prix Pictet Prize

                  AIGA AGO Photography Prize Long List, Canada

                  Prudential Eye Awards, Best Emerging Artist in Asia Using Photography

                  Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalist, Hong Kong

2014        Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong

                  Future Generation Art Prize, Ukraine

2013        Future Generation Art Prize, Ukraine

                  Prix Pictet, France

WORKSHOPS + RESIDENCIES

2017        Disarming the Gods: Think tank led by  the dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, KfW Stiftung, Frankfurt, Germany

2014-15 Artists-in-residence program by KfW Stiftung, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2013        Residency Unlimited and Casita Maria / IN RESIDENCE, Season of Cambodia, New York, USA

2011        Creators Program, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan

                  Between, Metahouse, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Co-Founder, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2010        Creators Program, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan

                  Co-Founder, Sa Sa Art Projects, The Building, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2009        Co-Founder, Sa Sa Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2008        Bassac Studio, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2007        Photography: History and Training with Stephane Janin, Popil Photo Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                  Co-Founder of the artist collective Stiev Selapak

SOLO PUBLICATIONS

2019        Khvay Samnang “Preah Kunlong” and “Where is my land?” by Batia Sarem Gallery

2015        Khvay Samnang: The Life Beneath My Feet, ed. by Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert, with an essay by Brianne Cohen and an interview by  Hendrik Folkerts, Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, 2015.

                  Khvay Samnang: Rubber Man: L’Homme-caoutchouc, curated by Erin Gleeson, exhibition catalogue Jeu de Paume, Paris, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2015.

2014        Khvay Samnang: Human Nature, Tomio Koyama Gallery

COLLECTIONS

Singapore Art Museum

Mainland Art Fund

The Queensland Art Gallery

KfW Bankengruppe

National Gallery of Australia

Kadist Foundation

MAIIAM Museum

EDUCATION

B.A. Painting, Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), Phnom Penh, 2006