Svay Sareth: Churning

April 4 - June 14, 2013
8am - 8pm

Brookfield Place, Plaza
220 Vesey Street

Running along a 17 meter-long pedestrian walkway, Churning brings to life one of Phnom Penh’s main plazas at one of New York City’s. The site-specific mural depicts a typical scene at the busy urban square housing the Vietnamese-Cambodian Friendship Monument. In this artwork, the contentious postwar public memorial has been replaced with a camouflage rendering of “Churning of the Sea of Milk,” an ancient creation myth famously depicted as a bas-relief at Angkor Wat. Replacing one monument with another draws attention to their similarities; two sides, in tension, attempting cooperation. While Churning’s tug-of-war references Cambodia’s past and present, its coded yet succinct critique on conflict and power struggle is universal. Churning is presented in collaboration with IN RESIDENCE, the Visual Art program of Season of Cambodia, a Living Arts Festival.

Season of Cambodia
lights up New York City’s cultural landscape in April and May, with more than 125 artists from Cambodia for a major celebration of the country’s arts, culture, and humanities. Distinctive works from master and emerging artists and scholars – in ritual, music, visual art, performance, dance, shadow puppetry, film, and academic forums – will be presented by 30 of New York’s most renowned arts and educational institutions, marking an unprecedented citywide partnership to celebrate one of the world’s most vibrant and evocative cultures. Season of Cambodia is an initiative of Cambodian Living Arts. Leading cultural and educational institutions as varied as Asia Society, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parsons The New School for Design, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Arts Brookfield will participate in Season of Cambodia

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