THE KING CARD FALLS ON THE ROAD
15–17 MARCH 2015
Vernissage: 14 March 2015, 4:00–9:00 p.m.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive
T: +852 3575 9417
Rossi & Rossi is pleased to announce its participation in this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong. Exhibiting in the art fair’s ‘Insights’ section, which focuses on galleries and artists from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, the gallery will present a solo show of recent paintings and collages by one of Cambodia’s foremost artists, Leang Seckon.
Having grown up in the 1970s during the devastating period of Khmer Rouge rule, Seckon witnessed firsthand the government-enforced policies that led to famine and disease, as well as state executions. Today, his striking artworks in a variety of media—textiles, photographs, posters, found objects—are intimate narratives of his memories from the period and the civil war that followed. Brimming with references to popular culture and local lore, such as Buddhist prophecies and folk stories, his intricate and delicate pieces depict both the beauty and the horrors of Cambodia’s past.
For Seckon, the process of creating artworks is cathartic; it allows him to experience and express the identity that was denied to him as a youth. Through his works, the artist looks nostalgically to an idyllic vision of Cambodia in the 1960s, to a time before the destruction of the Vietnam War and the rise of the Khmer Rouge. However, Seckon’s corpus also acts as a warning: drawing parallels between Cambodia’s past and present, it cautions against corruption and environmental destruction.
Image: Leang Seckon, Giants and Gods, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 90 x 74 cm (35 ½ x 29 in)