Posted on Nov 19, 2020

MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space & Design Studio

Opening Night: Sala Samnak by Vuth Lyno

Nov 20, 2020 – Nov 20, 2020
"Sala Samnak" introduces new works of light installation and paintings by Vuth Lyno created with Kong Siden, Prum Ero and Than Sok. It explores a traditional communal space that exists throughout Cambodia: sala samnak, a rest hall. The artist captures the precarious status of these structures and explores the evolution of its social and communal function in a country grasping onto its traditions whilst experiencing rapid economic and social development.

Without the visitors, the sala samnak loses its purpose and simply becomes an empty space. To capture its transient nature and changing character, over the duration of the exhibition at MIRAGE, six paintings of glowing rest halls, represented by six black voids, will be appearing one by one.

Therefore, every visit to the space is different and it is shaped by the individual encounters of passersby who will give it its ultimate meaning. The vistors become part of "Sala Samnak" and are invited to co-create the space by recording their memories in a provided guest book and online with the hastag #SalaSamnak.
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