Edition 1/5+2AP

Lim Sokchanlina

From the series Cambodian Migrant Workers in Asia - A Conversation
2019, Video: 17min35s, Edition 1/5+2AP
All images courtesy of the artist

2015, international news found out that there is fishing slavery in Thai fishing industry. There are so many issues including, work abuse, human trafficking, drug using and trafficking, no contact to relative, working in sea without seeing mainland for many year, so on.  2017, Thailand reform their rule on fishing industry. There are slaveries from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodian.   

I visited many Cambodia fishermen in Thialand sea in many provinces in the south of Thailand including Samut Prakan, Chun Buri, Rayong, Trat, Samut Sakhon, SongKhla, and Pattani province. I have decided to write a letter and read the letter in the sea at koh Kut. Koh Kut (Kut Island) is an island near Thai and Cambodia sea border next Koh Kong province in Cambodia. 

It is to dedicated to slavery Cambodian fisherman in Thailand. The actually reading happen under the sea. The bobble blows from my mount of reading flow up and spread to the rest of the sea hopefully it can reach to the spirit of the sea and connect to the Cambodia fisher man who lose their life in the sea.

I wish them a better life!

About the Artist:

Born 1987, Prey Veng, Cambodia
Lives and works Phnom Penh

Mr. Lim Sokchanlina is a co-founding member of Sa Sa Art Projects , the only artist-run space in Phnom Penh dedicated for experimental and community art practices. Mr. Lim is also an established artist and has exhibited widely in Cambodia and internationally. His artworks have been presented in Singapore Biennale 2019, Sydney Biennale 2018, Mori Art. Museum 2017 and Darwin Festival. 2014 etc.

LETTER TO THE SEA (Excerpt version) by Lim Sokchanlina

Curtesy of artist Lim Sokchanlina
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Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation