Esplanade Presents | Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Subliminal City

UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam) and Lim Sokchanlina (Cambodia)
19 Jan – 8 Apr 2018
All day
Esplanade Concourse & Tunnel
Artist Talk by UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam) for Subliminal City
20 Jan 2018, Sat
11am – 12pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Artist Talk by Lim Sokchanlina (Cambodia) for Subliminal City
20 Jan 2018, Sat
12 – 1pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Extending across the Tunnel and Concourse, the works in this exhibition draw upon familiar elements of the city, including vehicles, streetscapes, buildings, and public spaces. Lim Sokchanlina’s video installation and photographic series Urban Street Night Club, Wrapped Future, and National Road Number 5 takes its subjects the often-overlooked fences and hoardings of building sites, and memorialises the demolished sites and affected buildings left in the wake of construction projects in Phnom Penh.

Serpent’s Tails, UuDam Tran Nguyen’s three-channel video and large-scale sculptural installation is inspired by the motorcycle, the most prevalent form of transportation in contemporary Vietnam. A vehicle essential for daily living and driver of economic growth, it also causes city congestion and environmental pollution. Exploring the effects of urban development and social change in mainland Southeast Asia, their works express the tensions and transformations that arise from rapid population and physical growth, as well as burgeoning economic ambitions coupled with societal inequity.

UuDam Tran Nguyen (b. 1971, Vietnam) works with new media, performance, photography and sculpture to reflect on contemporary life at a time of globalisation. He has exhibited at the National Art Centre and Mori Art Museum (2017) and the Aichi Triennale, Japan (2016); the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial, Australia (2015); Bildmuseet Museum, Sweden (2015); and the 4th Singapore Biennale (2013), amongst others. He is also a recipient of the Jury Selection Prize at the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival (2015).

Lim Sokchanlina (b. 1987, Cambodia) uses documentary and conceptual practices in his photographic, video and performance works, which engage with socio-political, economic and environmental changes in present-day Cambodia. His work has been exhibited in Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, New York, Berlin and other cities. He is a founding member of the artist collective Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels and exhibition spaces Sa Sa Art Gallery, SA SA BASSAC and Sa Sa Art Projects.

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