Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
The freshwater Tonle Sap River and Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia have a rich landscape of various ecosystems and cultures.
The Mekong River, which runs from the icy plateaus of Tibet through much of mainland South East Asia, feeds and is fed by the Tonle Sap River and Lake. During monsoon, when the Mekong is at its highest, it meets the Tonle Sap in the heart of Phnom Penh causing it to change direction – the only river in the world to do so - pushing water back to the great Tonle Sap Lake, which in turn feeds a dependent flood plain.
For Riverscapes IN FLUX, I took numerous trips up and down the Tonle Sap, and stayed at select sites with families for many days at a time. I became particularly interested in the great visual diversity of the riverscape but also how the global phenomena and phrase “climate change” is understood and adapted to locally by the people living on or near the river.
To combine these interests, I decided to intervene on the riverscape with a humble, unnatural happening: ice floating in the waters of a subtropical climate. The quiet and fantastical photographs were staged with the great help from the communities in each location. Their fragile surroundings are the variances in my compositions of industrial ice melting under the hot sun, rising the Tonle Sap.
Curated by: Erin Gleeson
born in Prey Veng in 1987, is a photographer working across documentary and conceptual practices. Often staging scenarios and sometimes involving himself as a protagonist, he calls attention to a variety of social, cultural, economic and environmental changes in Cambodia resulting from globalization. He is a founding member of the artist collective Stiev Selepak / Art Rebels. His solo exhibitions include “My Motorbike and Me” (PhotoPhnomPenh at Java Café, 2009) and “Wrapped Future” (SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, 2012). Lim has exhibited widely in group exhibitions across Cambodia, including at the National Museum, and at ICAS, Singapore and Contact Photo Festival, Toronto.
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