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The aesthetic of concept: performance art in Cambodia is the title given to my essay in the October 2012 edition of Australian journal, The Lifted BrowThe article is available as a pdf here, but readers in Australia should really buy a copy to support this local, independent publication. I have been invited to contribute a regular column to The Lifted Brow on contemporary art in Southeast Asia; this is the first installment.

The essay focuses on recent works by Cambodia’s Amy Lee Sanford, Lim Sokchanlina and Svay Sareth (with some mention also of Australia’s Clare McCracken). In the space provided, I chose to focus on fewer artists at greater length, and to allow the artists’ voices to be heard. As such, the essay in no way attempts to present a comprehensive overview of the range of performance art in Cambodia, which is excitingly diverse and growing rapidly, and includes numerous artists not mentioned here.

Unfortunately, the essay was not able to be illustrated. So, what follows are a few images of the works discussed; more can be found by following the links above.

Amy Lee Sanford, Full Circle, 2012. Presented by JavaArts. Photograph by Chean Long

Lim Sokchanlina, Rising Tonle Sap, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and SA SA BASSAC

Svay Sareth, Mon Boulet, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and SA SA BASSAC. Photograph by Khvay Samnang

Clare McCracken, wearing moustache, with Megafauna Mo, 2012. At opening of CONTAINMENT STRUCTURE, curated by Roger Nelson at NO NO GALLERY, 2012

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