Sa Sa Art Project
Jan 10 - Feb 01, 2020
Breath presents new works by eleven artists who recently graduated from Sa Sa Art Projects’ Contemporary Art Class 2019. The exhibition is a culmination of a six-month program through which the participants engaged in classroom lectures and discussions, site and studio visits, and development of new works. Coming from diverse educational backgrounds and professional fields, the eleven participants produce new works employing various media from painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video. They explore and question a range of topics including environment (climate change), history, power structure, humanity, religion, memory, history, social injustice, and forms of control in contemporary societies.
Contemporary Art Class is part of Sa Sa Art Projects’ education program aiming to support young artists in developing their emerging artistic practices and building critical knowledge. The class involves three-month weekly meetings, followed by another three-month period for participants to develop new bodies of work. In the class, participants discuss different topics of various disciplines such as history, art and cultural history, politics, philosophy, and geography, facilitated by Sa Sa Art Projects’ co-founder Khvay Samnang and a number of invited guest lecturers and speakers. This critical discussion in turn informs and deepens the participants’ artistic practices and research for their new works.
Contemporary Art Class 2019 is supported by Rei Foundation.
Guest lecturers and speakers included Dr. Toni Shapiro Phim, Soung Sokro, Ouch Chhuong, Leang Seckon, San Phalla, Sopheap Pich, Yean Reaksmey and Vuth Lyno.
Chap Vichet (born in 1998, Kampong Thom Province) is currently a 4th year student of painting and sculpture at the Royal University of Fine Arts. He is interested in environment, humanity and social issue. He explores his capability with curiosity and creativity.
Chea Dalin (born in 1999, Takeo province) is currently a 3rd year student of painting at the Royal University of Fine Arts. Beside her painting class, she also studies traditional dance. She has a strong interest in contemporary art, which inspired her to apply for a scholarship at Sa Sa Art Projects. She is interested in creativity, history and social injustice. Dalin joined CHINGAY performance program in Singapore, 2019.
Chin Chamreoun (born in 2000, Kompong Thom province) is currently a 4th year student of painting at the Royal University of Fine Arts and he is also a Teaching Assistant of the painting club at Pleng Chan Café. He was one of digital artist ambassador at Young Eco Ambassador in 2018. He likes to express his voice through arts.
Kol Kirivath (born in 1987, Banteay Meanchey province) holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2011, and currently she works as Content Producer at BBC Media Action. She joined photography workshop at Studio Images, French Institute, 2015 and its advance class, 2018. She won 1st and 2nd prizes from the photo contest with smart phone in Cambodia, 2016. She joined group exhibitions: Message in Mind at TorTim Art Gallery & Café, Phnom Peh, 2019; Mirror on the Wall, French Institute, Phnom Penh, 2018; and Class Project, French Institute, 2015.
Huy Kuoch (born in 1993, Phnom Penh) graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2018 and also graduated from English for Artists class organised by Sa Sa Art Projects in 2019. Huy is motivated and passionate with architecture, graphic design, history and the evaluation of art. He was a participant in the Vann Molyvann Project in 2019 and he was one of volunteers with Roung Kon Project in 2018. His architectural team won the first prize at the architecture design competition “Gateway to Our Heritage” prepared by Cambodia Society of Architecture (CSA) in 2017.
Leng Kimsreang (born in 1997, Phnom Penh) is currently a 4th year student of Interior Design at the Royal University of Fine Arts. She is interested in the arts that portray the realities of society and evolution of people’ lives. She was one of the volunteers for 100 Years Exhibition of the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2017 and Current - Phnom Penh Art & Urban Festival 2019. She recently joined group exhibition Message in Mind at TorTim Art Gallery & Café, Phnom Penh, 2019.
Mech Chhong Meng (born in 1997, Phnom Penh) is currently a 4th year student of Painting at the Royal University of Fine Arts and he is a 3D Designer at DWK company. He is interested in contemporary art because he would like to explore his critical thinking by creating artworks. He participated in One Century Plus One exhibition at the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2018. Recently, he participated in an exchange program in Spain for 3 months.
Ratana Reasey (born in 1999, Phnom Penh) is currently a 3rd year student of Interior Design at SETEC Institute. With a Karate practice since 2008, she holds a black belt. Her art practice includes painting, drawing, and graffiti and she likes to explore new media of art. Reasey was one of the volunteers with Folding Concrete exhibition and she attended painting exhibition competition at Kbach Arts Gallery in 2019.
Sou Kimsan (born in 1992, Kandal province) was inspired by pagoda arts nearby his primary school which inpired him to be a painter. He graduated in Painting from the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2014 and he holds a Bachelor Degree of English for Communication from Norton University in 2016. Currently, Kimsan is a freelance painter, painting teacher at Yamada Art School and a 2D designer at Sompom Digital Agency. He wants to use his art to be a part of change and promote Cambodian art, especially painting. He has participated in many group exhibitions in Cambodia, Japan, Korea and China.
Va Sinuon (born in 1989, Phnom Penh) holds a Bachelor Degree in Economic and Business from the National University of Management in 2011. He studied painting at Khmer Artist Friend Association in 2004-2006 and he became an Art Instructor to young children and Administrator at Global Art Cambodia in 2012-207. He joined World Festival of Youth and Students, Izhevsk, Sochi-Russia, 2017 and he received Professional Fellowship from Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative program, University of Hawaii, USA, 2018. Recently, he continues to work with an organization and keeps researching and producing his own artwork.
Yeng Sovannarith (born in 1996, Phnom Penh) is currently a 3rd year student of Design at SETEC Institute. He graduated from General English Program at ACE in 2015. He was manager at Blue Chili in 2017. Sovannarith is interested in creativities and he would like to explore variety of media in arts. He was one of the volunteers with Folding Concrete exhibition and he attended painting exhibition competition at Kbach Arts Gallery in 2019.