RAM Performance | Dialogue： Khvay Samnang: Preah Kunlong (The way of the spirit) RAM表演 | 对谈: 克韦•桑南：《精神之道》
About the Performance 关于表演/对谈
In the Preah Kunlong (The way of the spirit) project, Khvay Samnang built a lasting relationship with the Chong people by embedding himself in their communities for a non-consecutive period of one year. The Chong people live in the southwestern Koh Kong province of Cambodia, primarily in the Areng Valley. As part of the last great forest in Cambodia, Areng Valley itself is marked by the geopolitical threat of environmental devastation, due to the development of a large hydroelectric dam (Cheay Areng Dam).
Samnang grew to understand the manner in which the Chong people map their land as a method founded on ancestral and oral histories, meaning that the spiritual territory of the Areng Valley forest is determined through the incorporation of such histories. The research and the production of objects—masks, costumes, drawings etc., —are imbued with spiritual beliefs, political concerns, and everyday life.
The performance will be realized by the choreographer/dancer Nget Rady, who is in collaboration with Samnang in this project, incorporating the communities’ expressed relationships to particular animals, waters, and lands. This theme of body-to-body transference permeates the entire project, and within this method of knowledge accumulation and dissemination lies the inherent connection of the Chong people with their land, as well as their most powerful form of resistance. Following the performance, a conversation will be held between Hsieh Feng-Rong, Senior curator of RAM as well as one of the curators of the exhibition, Khvay Samnang and Nget Rady, unveiling their reflections behind the performance project.
About the Performer 关于舞者
Nget Rady began his dance training in 1999, specializing in the monkey role of Lakhaon Kaol, the Cambodian classical male masked dance form. As a classical dancer, Rady has toured to Europe and throughout Asia and as a contemporary dancer has performed in numerous works of contemporary dance as well as participated in many contemporary dance workshops.
Khvay Samnang’s multidisciplinary practice offers new perspectives on historical and current events as well as on traditional cultural rituals. Engaging directly and personally with local communities is an integral part of his work, whether through video, performance, photography or installation works.
About the Speakers 关于讲者
Hsieh Feng-Rong is senior curator and founding staff member of Rockbund Art Museum; he joined Rockbund Art Museum in 2009 during its preparatory stage. He was the coordinator of the renovation process and implemented the institutional structure of the museum. In 2013, he got involved in founding the first HUGO BOSS ASIA ART award and was also the project manager for the award. With the rise and development of Arts Museum in China, Hsieh is concerned about the changing roles this institute should play and how it can retain its self-criticality. He continues to explore the relationships between arts and the audience and how these relationships can be redefined. Recently, he focuses on topics related to performance as method and has curated a series of talks and events along this line of thinking. Meanwhile, he hopes to inspire more cross-cultural and cross-regional conversations, furthering explorations of mechanism of visuality. Recent exhibitions curated by Hsieh include: “Walking on the Fade out Lines” (co-curated with Larys Frogier, 2018, Shanghai), “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” (co-curated with Amy Cheng, 2018, Fondazione Sandretto, Turin), “RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018: Is It My Body?” (2018, Shanghai).
谢丰嵘为上海外滩美术馆资深策展人。2009年加入上海外滩美术馆进行筹备开馆工作，同时与美术馆团队建立各项制度；2013年参与规划首届HUGO BOSS亚洲新锐艺术家大奖。随着美术馆在中国的发展与崛起，谢丰嵘关注机构角色的演变及自我批判，并探索艺术与观众之间关系及重新被定义的可能性，近期专注以表演作为方法，进行一系列的项目与讲座策划；同时积极促进跨文化、地区的对话，探索图像与历史生成机制。近年策划的项目包括：“行将消退——作品来自山德雷托·雷·雷包登戈收藏”（与拉瑞斯·弗洛乔共同策划，2018年，上海）、“告诉我一个故事：地方性与叙事”（与郑慧华共同策划，2018年，都灵山德雷托基金会）及“RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018：谁的身体？”（2018年，上海）