Khvay Samnang, Preah Kunlong (Siamese crocodile), 2017 | Image Courtesy the artist and SA SA BASSAC, Image Credit: the artist.
In thinking through processes belonging to Preah Kunlong, a documenta 14 commission by artist Khvay Samnang in collaboration with choreographer and dancer Nget Rady, Erin Gleeson's lecture brings historical, geopolitical, and spiritual inflections to the artists' approach and the contested space of Chong Indigenous lands in the wake of a controversial hydro-electric project. Preah Kunlong is on view at EMST, Athens and Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum, Kassel.
Erin Gleeson is a curator, writer, and co-founding director of SA SA BASSAC, a non-profit exhibition space, reading room, and resource center in Phnom Penh. Her current curatorial work On Attachments and Unknowns brings together artists and lens-based artworks that offer counter-visions of the methods and ideologies of statecraft in and from Southeast Asia. Gleeson is currently an Alphawood Scholar, MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2015-2017).