Pursing Justice Through Art: 2015

A Multi-Cultural Genocide Exhibition and Symposium Exhibition: March 18 - April 25, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2 - 4PM Saturday, April 18, 1 - 4PM

The year 2015 is significant in genocide history. It is the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Jewish Holocaust, and the 40th Anniversary of the Cambodian Genocide.

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Artists featured in the art exhibition are well-known painters, sculptors, textile artists, and collectors specializing in this genre. They include: Mohammed Ali and Al Asadi, Gagik Aroutiunian, Bayda Asbridge, John Avakian, Ani Babaian, Stephen Clements, Ellen Davison, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Dave Drinon, Charlotte Eckler, Amy Fagin, Fanardjian (loaned by Stephen Dulgarian), Lynne Foy, Gillian Frazier, Charles Gallagher, Mary Hart, James Higgins, Raymond Howell (loaned by Eve Soroken), JoAnn Janjigian, Andrew Ellis Johnson, David Jones, Lucine Kasbarian, Mico Kaufman, Chantha Khem, Puthearith Kret, Sandra Lauterbach, Markus Lewis, Adam Mastoon,Talin Megherian, Crissie Murphy, Ruth Naylor, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, Judith Peck, Dany Pen, Sandra Presley, Bill Reedy, Hope Ricciardi, Jennifer Rocco Stone, Alain Rogier, LinDa Saphan, Susanne Slavick, Jessica Sperandio, Rose Sielian Theriault, Nora Tang, Sopheap Theam and New England Quilt Museum's Community Quilters, Rita Thompson, Robert Thurlow, Holly Tomlinson, Carol Vinick, Denise Warren.

Whistler House Museum of Art / Lowell Art Association, Inc. 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, MA  01852 www.whistlerhouse.org  978-452-7641

Cambodian American Musical Experience Presentation

  February 11-14, 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico photo (2) pop culture conference

Cambodia experienced a flourishing musical heyday in the 1960s and 70s, with eclectic musical influences from all over the world. The popular singers of the time incorporated musical genres such as bossa nova, jazz, rock, and later punk rock with traditional Khmer musical styles and dances. Because of their Western influence many of these performers became the target of the Khmer Rouge regime. Yet appropriation of influences from other countries was seen nonjudgmentally by performers and audiences and celebrated as a manifestation of Cambodian creative talent. Many now question contemporary Cambodian and particularly Cambodian American musical appropriation from American Hip Hop culture and pop music. The last five years have seen the rise of many Cambodian American artists. The “1.5 generation” (those arriving on American soil as children) and the second generation are now voicing the Cambodian experience through their music, addressing community, family, the Khmer Rouge era, the urban poverty struggle, the struggles of being Asian in America,. This paper analyzes these themes expressed by musicians at the first Cambodian American Music Festival held in August 2014 in Los Angeles. The paper will examine the common forces that drive these artists: collaboration, a positive outlook, a strong music community bond, and the need to distinguish themselves from the Asian label to create a specifically Cambodian voice. http://conference2015.southwestpca.org/content/linda-saphan

'1975' at Wellesley College February 26

Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College presents 1975, a group exhibition curated by Chương-Đài Võ, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford and LinDa Saphan.

This exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian artists whose works engage with war, memory, displacement and globalization. Anida Yoeu Ali’s silk screen prints and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Amy Lee Sanford’s video and photographs share with viewers the process of uncovering a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew. LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh hint at the costs of urban development and global capitalism.10636360_10153075148862079_4041512454150755823_o (1)

April 24nd, 2015 at the City Winery in NYC. Cambodian's music history will be redeemed.

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This coming April is Khmer New Year and marks the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge take over of Cambodia. The significance of this timing should be recognized as we create a great opportunity for the Cambodian musicians to share their stories and music with the world.

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Spring showings

March 26, 2014 - "1975"

26- 1975 art exhibit with Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Sandford curated by Chuong-Dai Vo in Long Beach City College Art Gallery, 4901 East Carson St, Long Beach CA 90808

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Reception: Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, LBCC Art Gallery, K-100

4901 East Carson Street, Long Beach, CA 90808, 562-938-4815, [email protected]

March 14, 2014 "Still Loving It" Saphan and Aragna Ker had a duo exhibition at Ohio University in Athens.

March 16, 2014- 6th Annual Forum of Khmer Studies

Presentation at the 6th Annual Forum of Khmer Studies organized by the Center of International Studies, Ohio University, Athens Ohio

Dr Saphan also presented an academic paper titled "From Modern Rocker to Postmodern Hip Hop Singer: Cambodian Alternatives Voices" on March 16

Our City Festival - Wounded Words

Wounded Words by LinDa Saphan, an installation at the Mansion, Our City Festival January 17th 2014

Don't Think I've Forgotten Premiere

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Every Record Cover Tell A Story At the White Rose Lounge, Kolab Sor Hotel, Phnom Penh  

The art installation consists of many prints of original Khmer music album covers used in John Pirozzi’s upcoming documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll. Each elaborate cover is a work of art in it is own right using unique graphic design and color schemes that highlight the golden age of what was Cambodia’s amazing music scene of the time.                  

WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING AT CHAKTOMUCK THEATRE JANUARY 11th 2014

DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide. The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.    

LIVE CONCERT

Live concert following the screening featuring music from the film performed by Sin Chan Chaya, Lorn Hourn from Apsara Band, Hong Samley, Chhom Nimol and the Drakkar Band.  

Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora

LinDa Saphan is a proud contributor to this new publication, Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora.

"Pairing image and text, Troubling Borders showcases creative writing and visual artworks by sixty-two women of Southeast Asian descent. The collection features compelling storytelling that troubles the borders of categorization and reflects the multilayered experience of Southeast Asian women." http://www.amazon.com/Troubling-Borders-Anthology-Literature-Southeast/dp/0295993197/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387080614&sr=8-1&keywords=troubling+borders  

UNITY by Saphan and Yanese Smith

"UNITY" is an art project initiated by Yanese Smith and LinDa Saphan for the Art Festival organized by the Art department of College of Mount Saint Vincent. We asked students to write on a black paper their hope and dreams or anything that would describe them. They would then fold it into any shape of their choice. Together we created this art piece.

Leiden, Netherlands Conference

September 4-6 2013

Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) will host the first conference within the project Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asian Popular Music of the 20th Century. The Voices of Asian Modernities project is a consortium between Leiden University, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Saphan will present "Voices of Cambodian Modernity: Female Rock Stars of the Pre–Khmer Rouge Era"

http://hum.leiden.edu/lias/2013conference-amt