Cambodian Artist Shortlisted for International Art Award
On Jan. 19, the Prudential Eye Awards, held this year at MasterCard Theatres – Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, will see Svay battle it out for top spot in the Best Emerging Artist, Sculpture, category.
The artist specialises in sculpture, installation and performance art, using materials and concepts intentionally associated with war – medals, uniforms, camouflage and acts of considerable endurance.
His work traverses both the present and the historical, drawing on processes of survival and adventure, on notions of power and futility. Svay confronts the idea that “the present is also a dangerous time” through the appropriation of objects and monuments that hint at contentious political narratives.
Born in 1972 in Battambang, Svay now lives and works in Siem Reap. His solo exhibitions include I, Svay Sareth, eat rubber sandals (2015) and Traffic Circle (2012) both SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh. Select group exhibitions in 2015 include Global Control and Censorship in Germany; After Utopia, Revisiting the Idea in Contemporary Art at Singapore Art Museum; and Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
The awards ceremony is to be accompanied by a public exhibition at ArtScience Museum, which runs from Jan. 16 to Mar. 27.