Closing soon: ‘Phnom Penh’ featuring Leang Seckon at Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse

11th January 2016

26 SEPTEMBER 2015–17 JANUARY 2016

Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse
32 Rue de la Monaaie
59000 Lille

Curated by Christian Caujolle, Phnom Penhpresents three generations of Cambodian artists who question the Cambodian identity and its history. A permanent tension between cultural tradition (in the choice of materials, the iconic references, references to traditional forms) and an incontestable anchoring in contemporary reality runs through all this work, which, while they conform to visual conventions are never decorative.

The exhibiiton features three internationally recognised Cambodian artists including Leang Seckon, alongside works by artists never or rarely seen outside of Cambodia.

Together the artists raise the question of how one can be Cambodian in a country that barely twenty years ago was completely destroyed after forty years of conflict, and how people can look ot the future while the country is caught up in headlong consumerism under an authoritarian regime. Each in his or her own way as well as collectively they assume their roles as artists: asking relevant questions of the society in whihc they are creating art. Without having the answers, they call attention to these questions with an absolute sincerity that marks the cohesiveness of their individual practices.

Image: Leang Seckon, My Cambodia, My Beer, My Heart, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 75 cm (39 ¼ x 29 ½ in)