Svay Sareth

Svay Sareth’s (b.1972, Battambang, Cambodia) works in sculpture, installation and durational performance are made using materials and processes intentionally associated with war – metals, uniforms, camouflage and actions requiring great endurance. While his critical and cathartic practice is rooted in an autobiography of war and resistance, he refuses both historical particularity and voyeurism on violence. Rather, his works traverse both present and historical moments, drawing on processes of survival and adventure, and ideas of power and futility. More recently, Svay confronts the idea that “the present is also a dangerous time” through the appropriation and dramatization of public monuments that hint at contentious political histories.

Svay Sareth was born in Battambang, Cambodia during a period of political turmoil and violence that would last until he was 18 years old. Svay began making art as a young teenager in the Site 2 refugee camp, near the Thai-Cambodian border. He describes life as a refugee as “a void nationality…a time and place you imagine escaping from.” Drawing and painting became a daily activity for Svay – a process of bearing witness to the psychological and physical violence that was an everyday experience, as well as a way to symbolically escape and dream of change. After the wars ended, Svay went on to co-found Phare Ponlue Selepak, a non-governmental organization and art school in Battambang that continues to thrive today. In 2002, the artist continued his studies in France, earning the Diplôme National Supérieur d’Études des Arts Plastiques / MFA in 2009, after which he returned to Siem Reap to live and work.

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2022 Asia Culture Center x Gwangju Biennale Region – Asia: Bitter and Sweet

25 August - 27 November 2022

Asia Culture Center
Cultural Creation Center Complex Exhibition Hall 6
38 Munhwajeondang-ro, Dong-gu
Gwangju, South Korea

Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 ~ 18:00
Wednesday & Saturday, 10:00 ~ 20:00
Closed on Mondays

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Svay Sareth – Wings of Throne

1 - 23 April 2022

Richard Koh Fine Art,
Blk 47 Malan Road,
#01-26 Gillman Barracks,
Singapore 109444

Open on Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays & public holidays

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Svay Sareth – The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10)

4 December 2021 - 25 April 2022

Queensland Art Gallery
Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Queensland 4101, Australia

Daily, 10am - 5pm

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Faris Nakamura, Minstrel Kuik, Natee Utarit & Svay Sareth – As We Were (Selections from the Michelangelo & Lourdes Samson Collection)

16 September - 17 October 2021

#01-05 Tanjong Pagar Distripark
39 Keppel Road
Singapore 089065

1 - 7pm, Tuesday - Sunday
Closed on Mondays
Free Admission

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The Possibility of an Island: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia

3 November - 11 December 2020

Pavillion Gallery
Cromwell Place, London
Presented by Arndt Art Agency (A3)

Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 12 - 4pm

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Svay Sareth – The Breath of Change

5 - 20 July 2019

Richard Koh Fine Art,
Blk 47 Malan Road,
01-26 Gillman Barracks,
Singapore 109444

Tue - Sat, 11am - 7pm

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ART SG 2023

12 - 15 January 2023

Booth BH03
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre,
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

11 January, Wednesday 2 - 5pm

11 January, Wednesday 5 - 9pm

12 January, Thursday 11am - 12pm

12 January, Thursday 12 - 7pm
13 January, Friday 12 - 7pm
14 January, Saturday 11am - 7pm
15 January, Sunday 11am – 5pm

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2022

27 - 29 May 2022

Booth 1D29, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong, China

Private View (by invitation only)
Wednesday - Thursday, 25 - 26 May 2022

Friday, 27 May 2022

Public Days,
Saturday - Sunday, 28 - 29 May 2022

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