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Vandy Rattana (B. 1980, Phnom Penh) lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris, Taipei and Tokyo. In 2007, he was one of the co-founders of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels, and in 2009 he was also one of the co-founders of Sa Sa Art Gallery. He contributed, in 2011, to establish SA SA BASSAC, the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. Vandy Rattana began his photography practice in 2005 concerned with the lack of physical documentation accounting for the stories, traits, and monuments unique to his culture. His serial work employed a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice. His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. For Vandy, photographs are now fictional constructions, abstract and poetic surfaces, histories of their own. He lately began interested in film-making. The short-film MONOLOGUE is his latest work. In 2014, he co-founded Ponleu Association, which aims to provide access to international reference books, through their translation and publication in Khmer. It also publishes its own books, focusing on various fields of knowledge (philosophy, literature, science, etc.)
Select solo exhibitions include MONOLOGUE, Jeu de Paume Paris and CAPC Bordeaux (2015), Surface, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2013), Bomb Ponds, Asia Society, NYC (2013) and Hessel Museum of Art, NY (2010). His group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA(13), Noorderlicht International Photo Festival (2012), Kassel (2012), 1st Kiev Biennale (2012), Institutions for the Future, Asia Triennial Manchester II (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (2009).

Solo Exhibitions


2015 - Monologue, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.
2015 - Monologue, CAPC, Bordeaux, France.
2013 - Bomb Ponds, Asia Society Museum, New York City, America.
2012 - Surface, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2011 - The Bomb Ponds, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2010 - The Bomb Ponds, Hessel Museum of Art, New York, America.
2009 - Walking Through, Sa Sa Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2007 - Chess, Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
2007 - Looking in My Office, Popil Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Group Exhibitions

2016 - Anywhere But Here (shown Landscape of Time / Surface), Bétonsalon, Paris, France.
2016 - New Narratives Film Festival (shown Monologue / Bomb Ponds), Taipei, Taiwan.
2016 - From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art (shown Bomb Ponds), New York, USA.
2016 - Embedded South(s) (shown Monologue), online exhibition.
2016 - Public spirits (shown Bomb Ponds / Monologue), Center for Contemporary Art Ujzadowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland.
2015 - Today of Yesterday (shown Bomb Ponds / Monologue),Yamamoto Gendai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 - Time of others (shown Monologue), Museum of contemporary art, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 - Documenting as Method: Photography in Southeast Asia (shown Walking Through), Chiang Mai Photo Festival, Thailand.
2015 - The Khmer Rouge and the consequences. Documentation as artistic memory work (shown Bomb Ponds and MONOLOGUE), Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany.
2014 - Looking at the Big Blue Sky, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2014 - In the Aftermath of Trauma, Contemporary Video Installations (shown Bomb Ponds), Kemper Art Museum, America.
2014 - Medicine to Heal: Cambodian Photography since 2000 (shown Looking in), Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Yunnan, China.
2014 - Lost in Landscape, Mart Museum, Italy.
2014 - Concept, Context, Contestation: Art and the collective in Southeast Asia, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand.
2013 - No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia (shown Bomb Ponds), Asia Society, Hong-Kong.
2013 - WE=ME (shown Bomb Ponds), Art Center Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
2013 - DOCUMENT (shown Bomb Ponds), Plymouth University Gallery, United Kingdom.
2013 - Unknown Forces, Gestures Beyond Surfaces (shown Bomb Ponds video), Tophane-I Amire Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.
2013 - Out of Nowhere: Photography in Cambodia, Season of Cambodia, New York City, America.
2013 - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Us and Institution / Us as Institution (shown Bomb Ponds), Guangdong Times Museum, China.
2013 - Bring the world into the world (shown Bomb Ponds), InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centreand Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada.
2013 - Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology (shown First high-rise), IFA, Berlin + Stuttgart, Germany.
2013 - Welcome to the Jungle, Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art Museum (shown Bomb Ponds), Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan.
2012 - Between Fantasy and Reality, Photography from Cambodia (shown First High-Rise), The East Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2012 - Traces, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok.
2012 - Poetic Politic (shown Bomb Ponds), Kadist Art Foundation, Sanfrancisco, America.
2012 - Bomb Ponds Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Netherlands.
2012 - dOCUMENTA 13, "The Brain" (shown Bomb Ponds), Kassel, Germany.
2012 - Bomb Ponds, Eigen+Art Lab, group exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
2012 - The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art (shown Bomb Ponds), Kiev Biennale, Ukraine.
2012 - Rupture and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore.
2012 - Documentaries (shown Bomb Ponds), Saint Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
2012 - Bomb Ponds, collective exhibition at Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
2012 - Bomb Ponds, collective exhibition "Paradise Lost" at 2902 Gallery, Singapore.
2011 - Between Utopia and Dystopia, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico.
2011 - Institution for the Future, Asia Triennial Manchester II, Chinese Art Center, Manchester, United Kingdom.
2011 - Signature Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
2011 - Paradise Lost II, 2902 Gallery, Singapore.
2011 - Big Eyes, Sa Sa Art Gallery, Phnom Penh; Cambodia.
2009 - Fire of the year, The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6), Brisbane, Australia.
2009 - TADAIMA, Looking for Sweet Home, Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art at Kyushu University, Japan.
2009 - Magnetic Power, Group exhibition organized by Asean-Korean Center, Seoul, Korea.
2009 - Intro : group exhibition of Stiev Selepak (Art Rebels) SaSa Art gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2009 - Forever Until Now: Contemporary Art From Cambodia 10 Chancery gallery, Hong Kong.
2009 - Chobi Mela V International Photography festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2008 - Strategies from within, Contemporary Arts Practice, Ke center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China.
2008 - Transformation, group travelling exhibition of Cambodian and US artists, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and California, USA.
2008 - The Contemporary Art of Korea, Japan and the U.S.A – Difference and Coexistence, ASTO Museum of Art, Wrightwood, California, America.
2008 - Gwanghwamoon International Art Festival, Korea and The First Gallery Avenue, Beijing, China.
2008 - Road : group travel art exhibition in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Mekong Art and Culture Project).
2008 - Art of Survival, group art exhibition, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2007 - Art rebels, group photo exhibition, John Mcdermott Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
2006 - Self-portraits, group exhibition, Noorderlicht, the Netherlands.
2005 - Looking In, group exhibition, Popil Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Workshops, residencies, publications

2016 - Photography in Southeast Asia, A Survey, NUS Press Singapore, Zhuang Wubin.
2015 - Artist Residency (three months), AIT, Tokyo, Japan (May - July).
2014 - Photography Today, Phaidon.
2013 - In Conversation with Leeza Ahmady, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, America.
2013 - Season of Cambodia Artist residency (two months), Governor's Island, New York (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council + In Residence).
2013 - Phnom Penh Das Verschwinden Verhindern, book of the exhibition Rescue Archaeology (Germany).
2011 - UNFIXED Photography and Postcolonial Perspective on Contemporary Art (book, 2012), The Netherlands.
2010 - Co-Founder, Sa Sa Art Project, The Building, Phnom Penh.
2009 - “Long March Education – Ho Chi Minh Trail Project” Residency, Beijing, China.
2008 - One-week photography workshop with Antoine D’agata, Magnum photographer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2008 - “Silence” one-week photography workshop with Beat Presser, Swiss photographer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2006 - "Another Asia", book of Noorderlicht exhibition.
2006 - Photojournalism workshop sponsored by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and World Press Photo, Manilla, the Philippines.

Press


Detailed pressbook
Video portrait, Magazine du Jeu de Paume

Awards, recognitions

2013 - Nominee, The 2013-14 Sovereign Asian Art Prize.
2013 - Nominee, The Rockefeller Foundation's 2014 Bellagio Center Creative Artist Fellows Program.
2011 - Signature Art Prize, Asia-Pacific's top 15 finalists (Singapore Art Museum).
2010 - Top 10 Museum Shows for 2010, Art Asian Pacific Almanac (The Bomb Ponds, Hessel Museum, NY)
2009 - Nominee, Prix Pictet "Earth"
2009 - Society of Publishers in Asia, SOPA – Excellence in News Photography for the report on Beoung Kok Lake land eviction (for The Phnom Penh Post)
2009 - Finalist at The Sovereign Asian Art Prize (“Fire of the Year”), top 30.

Collections

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York
The Singapore Art Museum
The Queensland Art Gallery
Johnson Museum of Art

Photojournalism

2010 - Photographer for the magazine Causes Communes of the association La Cimade, France.
2009 - Staff photographer for Ka-Set, an independent online news website based in Cambodia.
2008 - Worked for English local newspaper Phnom Penh Post.
2008 - Two-week photo assignment for Australian Red Cross covering Water Sanitation and other programmes in Cambodia and Laos PDR.

Other areas of interest

Music, Design, Philosophy, Literature, Cinema.