Wounded Words by LinDa Saphan, an installation at the Mansion, Our City Festival January 17th 2014
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.
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 wome n 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
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"
Saphan presided a panel at the SSSP convention in August 2013. She was also the graphic designer for the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
On view: April 27-May 26, 2013, by appointment & Saturday Noon-4pm Location: Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Queens, NY 11377
This exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian, woman artists whose works exemplify the dynamic contemporary art scene in Phnom Penh: Anida Yoeu Ali’s photographs and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge; Amy Lee Sanford’s video and prints 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; and LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh take us back to her mother’s memories of living there. photos courtesy of Topaz Arts, 2013
In the aftermath of war, over 1 million Cambodian refugees fled with their families to rebuild their lives in other countries. From near artistic annihilation, the cultural arts of Cambodia were valiantly recovered and preserved by Cambodians inside and outside of the country thus leading to a unique contemporary intersection. For twenty-first century Cambodians, art has begun to question and engage the present. Recognizing the critical global and local contributions of Cambodian diaspora artists, this roundtable discussion features an intergenerational group of visual and performing artists to share their experiences and ideas.
Panelists will address issues of transnational identities and the ways in which the act of returning “home” functions as an important point of encounter or departure for their artistic practices. Curated and moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali, this panel will feature dancer/choreographer Prumsodun Ok, photographer Pete Pin, conceptual artist Amy Lee Sanford, and visual artist/scholar LinDa Saphan
PETE PIN, CURATOR:
...there’s a growing movement of empowered young Cambodians who use media and art to explore their cultural identity, political/historical circumstances, and experience. We carry the dual responsibility of decoding complex personal histories while contributing to the narrative of a people just one generation from the horrors of genocide. I am convinced that justice and healing must emerge first and foremost from the collective will of the people.
The arts are a testament to this, to the continued vitality of the Cambodian people, to the fact that Pol Pot failed to destroy us, and that in spite of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties of rebuilding, we cannot and will not be silenced.