Roger Nelson is an independent curator, and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne researching contemporary and modern Cambodian arts. His curatorial and research practices are mutually informing, based both in historicizing emergent practices and in ongoing dialogues with artists. Roger recently spoke on performance in Cambodian visual art at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (2013). He is co-founder of the scholarly journal SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art. In 2015-16 he joins Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, a research initiative of the Getty Foundation.
Roger publishes internationally on contemporary art, with a focus on Southeast Asian and Australian practice, including for ArtAsiaPacific, Artlink: Contemporary Art of Australia and the Asia Pacific, Art Monthly Australia, Das Superpaper, The Phnom Penh Post and The Lifted Brow. Recent catalogue essays include Pinaree Sanpitak at Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore (2014) and Khvay Samnang at the Asian Art Biennial, Taipei (2013, co-authored with Erin Gleeson). Recent contributions to books include Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, edited by Erin Gleeson and published by ifa Gallery, Berlin (2013). Refereed publications include Udaya: Journal of Khmer Studies (2015) and Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture (2014).
Recent curatorial projects include Day by Day by Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh and SaoLa, Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City (2015); new artefacts, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2012); And That Which Was Always Known, Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore (2015); Rates of Exchange, Uncompared: Contemporary Art in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, various venues, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore (2014-5, co-curated with Brian Curtin) and Developments, SEVENTH Gallery, Melbourne (2013). Roger was Country Advisor on Cambodia for Art Stage Singapore, 2014, a nominator for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2014-ongoing), and a member of the selection committee for Spot Art, Singapore (2014).
Recent grants and fellowships include: the Australia Council for the Arts (2013 and 2014), the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2013), Asialink Arts (2012), and the City of Melbourne (2011).
This site presents selected published writing by Roger on contemporary art in Cambodia, Southeast Asia and the region. It was started in order to document an Asialink arts curatorial residency (funded by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts) that Roger was awarded in 2012. The site was maintained beyond that residency partly in order to make publications not available in Cambodia and the region accessible to audiences there.
Roger can be contacted at rogeredwardnelson [at] gmail.com.