SA SA BASSAC and Anti-Archive team up for DREAMING AND DRIVING, a screening and discussion event with Taipei-based artist Chia-En Jao and Phnom Penh-based filmmaker Davy Chou. Jao’s widely exhibited REM Sleep and Guggenheim-commissioned Taxi will be introduced by the artist and followed by a Q&A, moderated by Chou. The evening will close with Chou’s Cambodia 2099 to compliment both of Jao’s works’ cinematic-documentary approach to social and political realities. | This program is made possible with thanks to the support of the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.
Public Program #2
KIDS CREATE! | Expressing and Erasing Fear
with David Meyers and Kimchean Koy
Friday, 9 June, 1:30—4.30PM @ SA SA BASSAC + Hiroshima House
This Kids Create! workshop is designed by SA SA BASSAC’s current interns David Meyers and Kimchean Koy for our regular program with Hiroshima House Library and School in Wat Ounalom, our neighborhood pagoda. Expressing and Erasing Fear is drawn from three works in the exhibition On Attachments and Unknowns. While Kiri Dalena’s Erased Slogans and Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai’s Shadow share a clear strategy of redaction, Yee I-Lann’s work also covers figures for a playful perspective around stories relating to the feared ghost in the banana tree shared across cultures in the region. By partnering up in teams, the children will express and draw a particular fear, after which they will pose with the represented fear for a portrait. The printed photograph becomes their surface for performing their own redaction and thus symbolically moving towards defeating their fear. | This program is made possible with thanks to Phnom Penh Art Tours. When you take an urban art tour with Kimchean and David, they donate all proceeds to enable more creative spaces of learning through the arts!
Public Program #3
READING GROUP | Angkor: An Essay on Art and Imperialism
with Sutthirat Supaparinya
Wednesday, 21 June, 6.30 – 8:00PM at TINI, upstairs
In English | Space limited to 15 | RSVP by June 16: Many 061-967-061
Collect your book at TINI or SA SA BASSAC during our opening hours on or before June 16.
Join us for an evening Reading Group based on artist Sutthirat Supaparinya’s (Som) exhibited artwork in On Attachments and Unknowns, part of Som’s ongoing restricted books project considers attempts across the Asia Pacific region to systematically eliminate singular voices. For this exhibition, she takes as her subject a book with current personal resonance, living as an artist under military rule: Angkor: An Essay on Art and Imperialism by Jan Myrdal and Gun Kessle. The end of the first section reads: “To write on Angkor is a necessary part of the struggle for liberation.” First published in Swedish in 1968, it was translated into Thai by Charnvit Kasetsiri and banned in Thailand from 1976 – 1998. As far as we know, the book was never translated into Khmer, and never banned in Cambodia under any regime. In the exhibition, Som both enables and renounces the legibility of the book, with the Thai translation physically bound in the exhibition and the English copy offered for reading in our library. We have 15 copies of the book for those wishing to participate in the Reading Group. The artist – joining us by Skype – will begin the evening’s discussion.
Public Program #4
SCREENING | By The Time It Gets Dark by Anocha Mai Suwichakornpong
followed by discussion with May Adadol Ingawanij
Monday, 10 July, 6:30 – 8:30PM at SA SA BASSAC
Film in Thai with English subtitles
Public Program #5
IN CONVERSATION | Artist Talk with Minstrel Kuik
Friday, 18 August, 6:30—7:30PM @ SA SA BASSAC
In English with Khmer Translation
Public Program #6
WORKSHOP | Photobooks with Minstrel Kuik
Saturday, 19 August, 10:00AM — 5:00PM @ SA SA BASSAC
In English with Khmer translation
Details to be announced