Fulong beach, Taiwan. 2013
Vandy Rattana (B. 1980, Phnom Penh) lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris, and Taipei. He is the founder of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels (2007 -), who established Sa Sa Art Gallery (2009 – 2010) and SA SA BASSAC (2011) the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. Vandy Rattana began his practice in 2005 concerned with the lack of physical documentation accounting for the stories, traits, and monuments unique to his culture. His serial work employed a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice. His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. For Vandy, photographs are now fictional constructions, abstract and poetic surfaces, histories of their own. Select solo exhibitions include Surface, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2013), Bomb Ponds, Asia Society, NYC (2013) and Hessel Museum of Art, NY (2010). His group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012), 1st Kiev Biennale (2012), Institutions for the Future, Asia Triennial Manchester II (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (2009).