The July issue of Art Monthly Australia includes my essay Stiev Selapak: a Cambodian artists’ collective. Stiev Selapak is one of the nation’s only active arts collectives, and its members actively exhibit locally and internationally. The group also founded Sa Sa Art Gallery, Cambodia’s first artist-run space, as well as Sa Sa Art Projects, an experimental space I discussed in an earlier essay on non-profit spaces in Cambodia, also published in Art Monthly Australia. Stiev Selapak are co-founders of SA SA BASSAC, a leading gallery and resource centre in Phnom Penh, and the group recently returned from a residency in New York City as part of the Season of Cambodia festival.
My essay discusses the artists Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina and Vuth Lyno, as well as Stiev Selapak co-founder Vandy Rattana (who has since left the collective).
I will be writing again on my good friend and great inspiration Khvay Samnang in Artlink magazine’s special issue on mining, later this year.