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FRIDAY 13 JULY 6:00-8:00PM

Please join us for an evening of conversation with exhibiting artist Svay Sareth.

Recent works by Svay Sareth have mostly involved performances relating to his childhood experiences and the lasting effects of war. The Traffic Circle marks an important shift, with the artist turning his attention to the present, which in his words "is also a dangerous time." Born in 1972 in Battambang, Cambodia, Svay Sareth was one of the small and historic group of children who studied art in the Site 2 refugee camps with Véronique Decrop. Together they went on to co-found Phare Ponleu Selpak, a private non-governmental organization and art school that continues to thrive today. In 2002, the artist continued his studies in France, and earned the Diplôme National Supérieur d'Études des Arts Plastiques / MFA in 2009, after which he returned to Siem Reap to live and work. Recent exhibitions include Performances (Institut Francais, 2012) and Tuesday (Hotel de la Paix, 2011).

Svay is in conversation with Roger Nelson, independent curator and freelance writer from Melbourne, Australia, and a 2012 Asialink Arts residency recipient. Roger writes regularly on contemporary art from Cambodia and the region for publications including ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly Australia, The Lifted Brow, and The Phnom Penh Post. In August, Roger will curate a group exhibition at SA SA BASSAC called new artefacts which will include works by emerging and established Australian and Cambodian artist.