Khiev Kanel


1988 -

Khiev Kanel was born in 1988 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He graduated in Computer Science and Auditing but he turned to photography in 2013. He works on photography, moving image and performance. Kanel’s art practice focus on personal stories, environment, economic and social issues. His personal work expresses self-depression and fragile feeling from the loss of family members which could resonate with other people who experience similar issues. His other strand of work concerns social oppression, social justices and human rights, including the problems generated by urbanization and environmental degradation such as eviction, land right and pollutions (water, air, noise, and light).

Khiev Kanel has been exhibited widely in Cambodia and regionally. His recent solo exhibition Staircases, Java Art Gallery Touk Kork , Phnom Penh(2018). His selected group exhibitions and performances include Plastic Kingdom, Meta House, Phnom Penh; Being No one and Going Nowhere, Festival Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; We Will Have Been Young, Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2017-2018); Mabini Projects, Manila; Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta; NU Art Sculpture Park, Bandung; Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore; Hin Bus, Penang; Body of Sorrow, Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh; ‘Remains,’ pop up exhibition, Kon Leng Khnhom, Phnom Penh (2018); and ‘Bricks’, Photo Phnom Penh 2017, French Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Khiev Kanel is a recipient of Creative Generation Award 2018 from Java and The Best Performance Award 2018 (with collaborator YON Davy) from the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

  • Pineapple Eyes
    Photos and videos installation, variable dimension

  • Bricks
    Digital C-Print, 60 x 90 cm

  • The Burden
    live performance

  • Before the Raze
    Digital C-Print, 40 x 60 cm

The artist interview :
Cambodian artist, Khiev Kanel (Photography/Video/Performance/Installation)

Selected Press/Publication

Staircases by Khiev Kanel
By Vayo
Aug 19, 2018

Youth / The Future – The Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass / Stage 1
Dienacht Magazine
By Calin Kruse
Aug 18, 2016

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation