Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry

Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry is a one-day academic symposium with renowned scholars, curators, and artists. Some have argued that Cambodia has emerged from a post-conflict society into an era of social, economic, and political transformation. This symposium will focus on a dimension of its cultural transformation as it has been manifested in a burgeoning contemporary arts scene within the last decade. Through inquiries into broader artistic, cultural, and aesthetic practices, various scholars and arts practitioners will speak to historical trajectories of contemporary art practice in Cambodia and its positioning in narratives of art history. By building a critical dialogue that will interrogate the way the field is being shaped, the symposium aims to strengthen the foundation for more thorough investigations into Cambodia's recent art historical developments.

Participants include:

  • Leeza Ahmady, Ahmady Arts and Director Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), Asia Society
  • Pamela Corey, doctoral candidate, history of art, Cornell University
  • Iftikhar Dadi, associate professor of history of art and chair of Department of Art, Cornell University
  • Erin Gleeson, curator and artistic director, Sa Sa Bassac
  • Roger Edward Nelson, independent curator and doctoral candidate, University of Melbourne
  • Kaja McGowan, associate professor of history of art and Asian studies, Cornell University
  • Lorraine Paterson, assistant professor of Asian studies, Cornell University
  • Nora Taylor, Alsdorf professor of South and Southeast Asian art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Ashley Thompson, associate professor, School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • Vuth Lyno, artist and cofounder, Sa Sa Art Projects
  • June Yap, Guggenheim UBS map curator, South and Southeast Asia
  • Zhuang Wubin, independent curator and researcher

Major funding for the symposium is provided by the Center for Khmer Studies; AAP; the Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies Research Group; Department of Art; Department of the History of Art; and the Southeast Asia Program.

Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry is presented by Cornell University and Center for Khmer Studies; coorganized by doctoral candidate Pamela Corey and IN RESIDENCE cocurators Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson.

In collaboration with Season of Cambodia, A Living Arts Festival.