b. 1972, Cambodia
Svay Sareth was born in 1972 in Battambang and today lives and works in Siem Reap. His practice in sculpture, installation and durational performance employ materials and processes intentionally associated with war – metals, uniforms, camouflage and actions requiring great endurance. His works traverse both present and historical moments, drawing on processes of survival and adventure, and ideas of power and futility. Svay confronts the idea that “the present is also a dangerous time” through the appropriation of objects and monuments that hint at contentious political histories.
Svay's solo exhibitions include "I, Svay Sareth, eat rubber sandals." (2015) and Traffic Circle (2012) both SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Select group exhibitions in 2015 include ‘Global Control and Censorship’. ZKM, Germany; ‘After Utopia, Revisiting the Idea in Contemporary Art’, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; ‘Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative’ in South and Southeast Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; ‘Secret Archipelago’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. His residencies include Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore (forthcoming 2016) and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC (2013).