And That Which Was Always Known is a group exhibition featuring artists Chan Dany, Khvay Samnang, Phan Quang, Amy Lee Sanford, Thasnai Sethaseree and Yim Maline, curated by Roger Nelson, and hosted by Yavuz Gallery, Singapore from 19 April to 24 May 2015. The fully illustrated catalogue, including an essay by the curator, is available for download here. Photographs from the exhibition can be found online here.
The exhibition and accompanying catalogue proposes a consideration of artistic practices that reflect the historical continuities, inherited legacies and accumulated pasts that underlie the contemporary, on both personal and collective levels. This view of artists’ work serves as a counterpoint to dominant narratives that emphasize the rapid transformations and cultural ruptures in Southeast Asia, with the effect of obscuring important continuities; or conversely that focus on ancient traditions, and thus tend to disavow the dynamism of cultures. In And That Which Was Always Known, it is the span of an artist’s lifetime that is taken as the defining temporality for understanding recent practices in the region.
Encompassing collage and textile works, photography, video, documented performance and installation, the exhibition foregrounds the diversity of approaches by which artists make sense of their world.
The artists joining the exhibition are respected as leading figures in their local contexts, and all have also exhibited in prestigious galleries, museums and biennales in Asia and internationally. These six artists, hailing from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, are exhibiting at Yavuz Gallery for the first time in And That Which Was Always Known.