Neak Sophal


1989 -

Neak Sophal was born in 1989 in Takeo province, Cambodia. She graduated from Graphic Design at Royal University of Fine Arts. Her works focuses on social issues and specificities of the Cambodian culture, stories, memories and fear through composed portraiture in collaboration with her subjects. she makes question of identity behind each character that is perform the Cambodian who still very afraid of inside because of the culture or the wars.

Neak sophal has been involved in workshops, festival, solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. Her selected solo exhibition include Inspiring Destiny, For Arts’ Sake, Siem Reap, Cambodia; Flower, Java Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2017); Nek Na?, Les Douche La Galerie, Paris, France (2016); Leaf, Romeet Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2013). Her selected group exhibition include La Photographie au Cambodge, La Filature.Mulhouse, France (2019); Landskrona Photo Festival, Sweden (2018); Cambodia: Looking Back on the Future, The Flinn Gallery, New York City, USA (2017); Histories of Future, National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2016); Bangkok Photo Festival, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand; Jorng Jam II, Logan Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia (2015); Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Hong Kong (2014); and Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia (2013). 

Neak Sophal was an artist in residency at Lang Art Dorm, Hue City, Vietnam (2018); at S-AIR, Sapporo, Japan (2016); at Brisbane, Australia (2015). She won 1st prize of Angkor Photo Workshop, Siem Reap, Cambodia (2013); and she was selected for SurVivArt program, Berlin, Germany, (2011).

  • Land for Sale
    Digital C-Print, 60 x 90 cm

  • Stay in
    Digital C-Print, 60 x 90 cm

  • Leaf
    Digital C-Print, 60 x 90 cm

The artist interview :
Cambodian artist, Neak Sophal (Photography)

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Sophal Neak: Performative Photography
Cobo Social
By Naima Morelli
September 7, 2018

Neak Sophal : Flower Power
Latitudes Magazine
July 10, 2017

Photographing the soul of Cambodia: Interview with Sophal Neak
Art Asia Pacific
By Francesca Masoero
July 04, 2017

Confronting Cambodian Sexism Through Portraiture
By Ben Valentine
May 31, 2017

New photo exhibition takes on Cambodian gender double standards
The Phnom Penh Post
By Anna Koo
May 05, 2017

Exhibit by Cambodian artists at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich
By Joel Lang
May 9, 2017

New Exhibit at Flinn Gallery: Cambodia, Looking Back on the Future
Greenwich Free Press
By Karen Sheer
May 2, 2017

Jorng Jam: reinterpreting Cambodian social history through photography
November 04, 2016

Out of Nowhere: Photography in Cambodia (Part One)
Creative Time Reports
By Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson
April 15, 2013

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation