From October 6 to October 8, the French Institute gives carte blanche to Séra, protean artist – in turn painter, sculptor, draughtsman and graphic novel script writer – who was born in Phnom Penh in 1961.
His work never ceases to question the tragic and recent history of Cambodia. His last work “Bitter Cucumbers – the birth of a tragedy” dwells on pre-Khmer rouge times. “History gets lost. The elders don’t want to think about this macabre episode in their life and the young generation, fed with images without context, falls into the trap of common preconceptions. I had to come back to this period of time that has shaped my existence and those of the Cambodians of today.”
The French Institute of Cambodia will also present the work undertaken for the Memorial initiated by Séra and approved by the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia). The Memorial should be erected in the near future, in the garden facing the entry of the French Embassy.
Through an exhibition, a meeting and a performance, the French Institute will showcase the work of this major French-Cambodian artist:
Séra, passer on of the Cambodian memory
The construction of this memorial is an opportunity to understand Séra’s commitment, who uses art as a vector of memory. He will explain his motivations and his creative process during a conference moderated by Olivier Jeandel.
Thursday 06 Oct. at 6:30pm.
For those who are no longer here
This exhibition will show the creative work provided by Sera for the erection of the memorial in the gardens facing the French Embassy, as well as and the plates and original drawings composing his latest book.
Opening – Thursday 06 Oct. at 7:30pm
Exhibition until nov. 3
Séra, live art performance
To complete this journey through the work of Séra, the artist offers us a live art performance in the gardens of the Institute. An opportunity to discover his creative process step by step.
Saturday 08 Oct. at 4:30pm