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No Boundaries | Painting and Performance
22 June to 22 September 2015

If art stretches us to reach beyond perceived boundaries, “No BOUNDARIES” Indonesia-Cambodia Art Exchange Project explores the beauty that comes from the tension between the moment when the lines that form our present reality are expanded or distorted.

Kong Vollak, one of Cambodia’s most well-known visual artists, coordinated the art exchange project between ten artists from Cambodia and Indonesia to explore the contours of culture, urbanization and how artistic and cultural boundaries are ultimately dissolved through the imagination.

“The increasingly fast pace at which information is shared,” statement of the group, “in this era of rapid global exchanges of all kinds, artists are made all the more aware of the boundless, shifting shape of things and so, all over the world we are seeing artists struggling to express issues related to the ever expanding horizons that we are all facing.”

The 20 works in “No BOUNDARIES”, to be co-displayed at Java Café and The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery, provoke us to consider cities like Phnom Penh or Jakarta are creative acts in themselves, without boundaries, always changing shape, and yet tightly interconnected, locally and globally.

The exhibition seeks to challenge the borders that define us and also to the beauty that comes from the diversity of the differences between us.

Kong Vollak, Chhin Taingchhea, Prom Vichet, Pen Robit & Nov Cheanick

Khmer Artists: : Kong Vollak, Chhin Taingchhea, Prom Vichet, Pen Robit & Nov Cheanick

Kong Vollak was born in 1983 in Phnom Penh. He graduated from Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh specializing in sculpture (2002-2006). Vollak has taken part in several workshops and residencies with foreign artists in Sri Lanka, Andorra, Singapur or Myanmar. He has also studied photography at “Le Popil Gallery”. He has been exhibiting frequently throughout Cambodia since 2005. In 2007, together with other artists of his generation, he formed the group “Stiev Selapak” (“Art Rebels”); the same year Vollak was nominated the Cambodian Curator for the Mekong Art and Culture Project. Two  years later, he became a high school teacher on the subjects of Drawing and History of Khmer Art at Svay Rieng province to share his knowledge on art making and to support his own practice. Last 2013 Vollak got a Bronze Medal of Sculpture from the Juex De La Francophonie in France.

Antonius Kho, Diyano Purwadi, Ipong Purnama Sidhi, Lenny Ratnasari Weichert and Tiarma Sirait

Indonesian Artists: : Antonius Kho, Diyano Purwadi, Ipong Purnama Sidhi, Lenny Ratnasari Weichert and Tiarma Sirait

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