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Presented by Rossi & Rossi in association with Tara
Shaw-Jackson and ArtAsiaPacific Magazine
April 1, 2010
LEANG SECKON, Rama Rescues Victims (Preah Riem Jouey Songkruas), 2010, mixed media on canvas, 42 x 52 cm. Courtesy Rossi & Rossi, London.
Cambodian-born artist Leang Seckon will talk with Sara Raza, London-based independent curator and London desk editor of ArtAsiaPacific on the occasion of his first European solo show: "Heavy Skirt."
Arguably one of Cambodia's foremost contemporary artists, Leang Seckon has created a highly autobiographical body of work for this exhibition including paintings, collages and an installation based around the theme of his mother's skirt: the wrap-around dress she wore during her pregnancy and the artist's early years. The works are an elegiac reflection on the history of his troubled country and the tribulations it has encountered. Yet from this damaged past and a present beset by uncertainty and change, comes an affirmation of the human spirit and the continuing beauty of life.
Sara Raza, a former curator of public programs at Tate Modern, has arranged and chaired events on photography, performance and architecture. She has published extensively and lectured, curated exhibitions and organized public programs internationally. She will be exploring themes of autobiography, memory and cultural preservation against the backdrop of the artist's memories of the American bombing of Vietnam and Cambodia and the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge that ensued.
This event is free to the public but reservations are required. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with "artist talk" in the subject box.