Continuity vs. Change: A Meditation

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Khvay Samnang (b. 1982, Svay Rieng) engages with concepts of mediation, change and continuity. Using his body to enact poignant gestures with subtle humor, he offers new interpretations of history, longstanding cultural practices, and contentious current affairs. Khvay holds a BA in Painting (Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, 2006). He is a founding member of the artist collective Stiev Selapak and the spaces Sa Sa Art Projects and SA SA BASSAC. Select 2012 exhibitions include ROUNDTABLE, Tobias Rehberger Pavilion ‘You Owe Me. I Don’t Owe You Nothin.’ Gwangju Biennale, Terra Incognita: Noorderlicht Photography Festival, The Netherlands; Current Views and Actions: Photography and Performance Documentation from Phnom Penh, Northern Illinois University Museum, USA; Deep SEA, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy; Mondi, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy.

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Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

b. 1982 Svay Rieng, Cambodia / Lives and works Phnom Penh
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 The Newspaper Man, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh
2011 Human Nature, Royal University of Fine Art, Phnom Penh / PhotoPhomPenh
Untitled, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh
Wedding + Hair, Hotel de la Paix Arts Lounge, Siem Reap
2010 Wedding, Sa Sa Art Gallery, Phnom Penh
2009 Hair, Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Deep Sea, Primo Marella Gallery, Milano
ROUNDTABLE, Tobias Rehberger Pavilion “You Owe Me. I Don’t Owe You Nothin.’
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
Between Fantasy and Reality: Contemporary Photography from Cambodia,
Contact Photography Festival at The East Gallery, Toronto
Ruptures and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade,
Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore
2011 Tokyo 2010, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Japan
Between / Myanmar-Cambodia, Metahouse, Phnom Penh
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
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
I love PP, Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh
Art of Survival, Meta House, Phnom Penh
Silence, Meta House, Phnom Penh
2007 Menthoamada, Gasolina, Phnom Penh
Spirit House, Khmer Arts Academy, Takhmao, Cambodia
14 + 1, French Cultural Center Gallery, Phnom Penh
Market, Meta House, Phnom Penh
Surfacing, Sala Artspace, Phnom Penh
Anon, Sala Artspace, Phnom Penh
2006 Contemporary Cambodian Art Review, Sala Artspace, Phnom Penh
I am leaving, French Cultural Center Gallery, Phnom Penh2005 Sowing Seeds of Peace, Mekong River Basin, Institute of Education, Phnom Penh
Similar things between the Khmer and the Thai, Thai Embassy, Phnom Penh
2004 Life: Student Exhibition for the 86th Anniversary, Royal University of Fine Arts
Bad flower, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh
National Inheritance, Department of Plastic Arts and Handicraft, Phnom Penh

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BIBLIOGRAPHY
2012 “Khvay Samnang / PhotoPhnomPenh.” Hotshoe Issue 176, February – March 2012.
2011 Caujolle, Christian. “Human Nature.” Punctum. Vol. 2, 153 -165.
Wilson, Catherine. “Review | Khvay Samnang – Wedding +Hair,” Hotel de la Paix Arts Lounge,
Siem Reap. ArtAsiaPacific 74, July & August, 2011.

RESIDENCIES
2011 Creators Program, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
Between, Metahouse, Phnom Penh
2010 Creators Program, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
2008 Bassac Studio, Phnom Penh

EDUCATION
2003-2006 B.A. Painting, Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), Phnom Penh

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