Khvay Samnang has a multidisciplinary practice between photography, video, performance, and installation. He compares news sources and everyday life experience, attuned to unresolved stories that he believes require intervention, even if only symbolic. With subtlety and often hints of humor, Khvay offers new interpretations of history, contentious current affairs and longstanding cultural practices.
Khvay was born in 1982, Svay Rieng and lives and works in Phnom Penh. He holds a BA, Painting, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh (2006). He is a founding member of the artist collective Stiev Selapak, the spaces Sa Sa Art Projects (2010) and SA SA BASSAC (2011). Khvay was twice a resident at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2010, 2011), as well as Residency Unlimited, NYC (2013), and currently at Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin (2014-2015).
Khvay exhibits widely nationally and internationally. In 2015 Khvay will have solo exhibitions at Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC, Bordeaux as a part of Satellite Program 8. 2014 solo exhibitions include Human Nature, Tomio Koyama, Singapore; Rubber Man, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Newspaper Man, HAU, Berlin. 2014 group exhibitions include Inventing The Possible, Jeu de Paume, Paris; A Time For Dreams, IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, and If the World Changed, 4th Singapore Biennale. 2013 group exhibitions include Everyday Life, 4th Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan; Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, ifa, Berlin and Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore; Sights and Sounds: Global Video Art, The Jewish Museum, NYC. Khvay’s work is collected by the Singapore Art Museum.