Libraries’ CIC Hosts Exhibit by Cambodian Artists

“Amazing Fantasy V,” a part of Ker’s “Amore Fati/The Love of Fate” collection.
“Amazing Fantasy V,” a part of Ker’s “Amore Fati/The Love of Fate” collection.

On Friday, March 14, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Alden Library’s first floor, the Libraries’ Center for International Collections presents a joint-exhibit titled “Amore Fati/The Love of Fate” and “Incognito.”

The exhibit, which is being held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Khmer Studies Forum “Cambodia at a Crossroads,” will highlight the work of two contemporary artists from the Cambodian community, Mr. Aragna Ker and Dr. LinDa Saphan.

Ker’s work, including “Amore Fati/The Love of Fate,” has been described as a “playful” fusion of cultural symbols and myths that “explore a range of hybrid identities,” and has been exhibited at the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, the Pacific Asia Art Museum, and the Los Angeles Zoo.

“My creative goal as an artist is to combine, blend and/or unite intangible similarities so as to blur individuality or individual identity,” Ker said.

Ker, who was born in Phnom Penh, graduated with a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University.

An image on rice paper from Saphan’s “Incognito” collection.
An image on rice paper from Saphan’s “Incognito” collection.

Saphan — the artist, activist, and academician behind the “Incognito” portion of the exhibit — is considered one of the most prominent voices in the Cambodia art scene. Her work has been displayed in France, the United States, Singapore and Cambodia.

“For me, Cambodian art should be considered as contemporary art and not simply as a nationalistic endeavor or as representing ideas of exoticism,” Saphan said.

Throughout her career she has worked to encourage young and female artists across Cambodia. Toward this end, she launched the youth-oriented Art Rebels Association and curated a show of female artists at the Ministry of Culture.

Saphan, who also hails from Phnom Penh, holds a B.A. in Khmer Studies and a doctorate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Paris.

This free event takes place on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Alden Library’s first floor Center for International Collections and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.