Histories of the Future

Histories of the Future is a groundbreaking exhibition that places some of Cambodia’s most prominent contemporary artists in the National Museum of Cambodia. Sponsored by the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, all the works in the exhibition have in some way been supported by Australian art institutions. It celebrates the cultural and artistic engagement between Australia and Cambodia. Bringing together contemporary Cambodian artworks presented in a renown Cambodian institution that Australia Aid helped restore, it is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of art institutions in developing historical narratives.

HE Angela Corcoran, Australian Ambassador-Designate, said, “We are excited to present this exhibition, which showcases Australian – Cambodian cultural links across a variety of disciplines and a number of years, highlighting another dimension of the multifaceted relationship between our two countries.”

There are seventeen artworks in the exhibition using a variety of media, including video, photography, sculpture, print and installation. These works seek to resolve the social, spiritual, cultural and economic tensions of the last decade as Cambodia emerged from a century of conflicts. This close look at contemporary art highlights the importance of institutional cultivation of critical artistic expression.

Mr Kong Vireak, Director of the National Museum of Cambodia, said, “I’m very excited to welcome an exhibition of contemporary Cambodian art to the museum. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of so many artists and to present it here in Phnom Penh.”

Curated by Dana Langlois and sponsored by the Australian Embassy of Cambodia in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the National Museum.

The exhibition will open with a private reception on Thursday, June 30. From July 1 until August 31, it will be open to the public and will include a program of talks and tours.

Image: Buddha II, woodblock print, Pich Sopheap