The painter Vann Nath, one of seven survivors of the S-21 concentration camp, painter and comic book author Séra - in their first U.S. exhibit - and young artists who created artworks evoking the genocide during "memory workshops" held in Cambodia.
April 10 at 6:00pm until May 4 at 6:00pm in EDT Exhibit Opening, with a performance by Séra, Wednesday April 10, 6-8 p.m. RSVP required for opening This exhibit will feature three generations of Cambodian artists: the painter Vann Nath, one of seven survivors of the S-21 concentration camp, painter and comic book author Séra - in their first U.S. exhibit - and young artists who created artworks evoking the genocide during "memory workshops" held in Cambodia.
Exhibition curated by Soko Phay-Vakalis and Pierre Bayard. The Maison Française will be used for the conference on April 11-12. Exhibit open for public viewing April 13-May 4. Generally open Mondays-Fridays, 12:00-5:30 pm; plus first and last Saturdays (April 13 and May 4), 12:00-5:30 p.m. Check www.maisonfrancaise.org for details and exceptions to this schedule. The Italian Academy is exhibiting the related works by younger Cambodian artists. Gallery hours there are Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For Season of Cambodia Festival, visit www.seasonofcambodia.org http://www.facebook.com/events/114216948765745/?ref=22
Together, the sketches and paintings in this collection tll the remarkable story and horrific experience of Cambodian artist Vann Nath between December 30, 1977 and January 7, 1979.
After the exhibition was first show at the Bophanna Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh, one painting was added and in Bangkok the exhibition was renamed "Endurance." "Endure" has several meanings:
Vann Nath's paintings tell the story of his own suffering and survival. But they are also symbolic of Cambodia's suffering and survival, and they are a testament to his own and Cambodia's endurance that enables them to prevail over tragedy and pain and continue to embrace life.
The paintings and sketch in this collection are of profound historical significance. The scences depicted are based on the actual experience of the artist. They illustrate one of the darkest chapters in recent human history. Vann Nath's art is not angry, but it shouts the truth about human suffering and death under the Khmer Rough regime in Cambodia. The paintings and sketches also provide a stark warning of the human rights abuses that can, and do, occur in contemporary societies when imperfect people act in secret without checks, or when good people watch terrible things happening and do nothing.
Now the collection is being issued as a limited edition of 79 numbered and signed copies, 79 being symbolic of the year Vann Nath escaped imprisonment and almost certain death and the year that Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, was liberated from the Khmer Rough. The full collection includes fine art prints of 12 paintings and 14 sketches. Each print is signed and numbered so taht it retains its authenticity and value outside of the full collection.
Bophanna generously provided the computer files that were used to make the fine art prints in this collection, which were produced by friends of Vann Nath without pay. All of the profits from the sale of this collection go to the artist to help alleviate this medical expenses due to kidney disease.
Any and all parts of the works in this collection are the copyrighted property of the artist, Van Nath, and no part may b reproduced in any form without his expressed permission.