Leang Seckon

Hell on Earth

London27 Jun – 09 Aug 2014
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  • 27 JUNE–25 JULY 2014
    Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    PRIVATE VIEWING: 26 JUNE 2014, 6–8PM

    ARTIST TALK: 28 JUNE 2014, 2PM

    ASIA HOUSE
    63 NEW CAVENDISH STREET
    LONDON W1G 7LP

    T: + 44 (0) 20 7734 6487

    Rossi & Rossi is pleased to announce Hell on Earth, contemporary Cambodian artist Leang Seckon’s second solo show with the gallery. The exhibition, held at Asia House, London, features a body of recent paintings, collages and video works by the artist.

    Seckon grew up during the devastating period of Khmer Rouge rule, witnessing firsthand the government-enforced policies that led to famine and disease, as well as state executions. He describes this period as “hell on earth”, when the haunting prophecies found in a set of popular nineteenth-century Buddhist texts, the Buddh Damnay, were realized: “war will break out on all sides…blood will flow up to the bellies of elephants; there will be houses with no people in them, roads upon which no-one travels; there will be rice but nothing to eat”. The prophecies provided Cambodians with an explanation for the violence and destruction of the Khmer Rouge, placing the period within the cyclical pattern of Buddhist history.

    The artist’s collages and paintings are intimate narratives of his memories from the period and the civil war that followed. The process of creating artworks simultaneously allows him to experience and express the freedom that was denied to him as a youth. However, Seckon’s work also acts as a warning: like theBuddh Damnay, it cautions against corruption and the destruction of the environment, drawing parallels between Cambodia’s present and its past.

    The artist will be visiting London from 22 to 29 June, during which time he will be available for interviews. Please contact the gallery to arrange a time to speak with him.

    A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by renowned curator Jens Hoffmann accompanies the exhibition.

    Leang Seckon was born in Prey Veng province, Cambodia, in the early 1970s, around the time of the onset of the American bombings of Indochina. The artist grew up during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian-Vietnamese War. A 2002 graduate of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Seckon participated in the 2012 Shanghai Biennale. He is considered one of the foremost members of the emerging Cambodian contemporary art scene.

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    • Leang Seckon
      Parasol of the Moon

      2012
      Mixed media on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Parachute

      2012
      Mixed media on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Falling Umbrella

      2012
      Mixed media on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Mother of Asia

      2013
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Indochina

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      King Sihanouk's Funeral

      2012
      Mixed media on canvas
      50 x 40 (19 ¾ x 15 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      My Life

      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Phnom Penh Today

      2013
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Preah Vihear - Place of Shiva

      2008
      Mixed media on canvas
      50 x 40 cm (19 ¾ x 15 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Future of the New Generation

      2013
      Mixed media on canvas
      42 x 52 cm (16 ½ x 20 ½ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Flooding Pot, Falling Gourd

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      The Elephant and the Pond of Blood

      2013
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Offering

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Bang Skol (Blessing to Heaven)

      2013
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 200 cm (79 x 79 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Hell of Tuol Sleng

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 200 cm (79 x 79 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Hell on Earth

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Brown Stars Jolie

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      World Born

      2013
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 200 cm (79 x 79 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Tea Shop of King Sihanouk

      2014
      Collage on canvas
      150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Desire (Kiles)

      2014
      Mixed media on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Ghosts in Hell

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 200 cm (79 x 79 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      The Reputation of a Good Person Lives On (Die with Honour, Live with Memory)

      2011
      Mixed media on canvas
      150 x 130 cm (59 x 51 in)

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