27 March–13 April, 2013
Curated by Roger Nelson
Developments presents four artists’ views of their changing urban environments. Comprising photography, video, installation, sculpture and drawing, the exhibition includes artists from Melbourne, Australia and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Their overlapping yet divergent perspectives on the transforming space of the city range from celebration, through ambivalence, to lament. Seen together, the artists in Developments thus reveal local specificities of place, as well as perhaps surprising commonalities across experiences of the contemporary.
Cambodians Khvay Samnang and Lim Sokchanlina work in a city in which the first high-rise building was constructed only in 2008, yet which is presently wracked by the opposing interests of real estate developers and low-income communities. Forced evictions and the destruction of significant sites of architectural heritage are complexly reflected in their work. Conversely, Australians Tai Snaith and Llawella Lewis focus not on macroeconomic issues or landmark structures, but rather on personal and idiosyncratic locations of memory and connection. Their work embodies a quiet and individual navigation of space and time.
In Developments, Khvay Samnang and Lim Sokchanlina—leaders in their small creative community—show their work in Australia for the first time. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, including essays from the curator, as well as from Cambodian artist and curator Vuth Lyno.
Illustrated catalogue, in English and Khmer, available for download here.