Khvay Samnang. Rubber Man

What has led the artist to steal from the crying trees, hundreds at a time, multiple times? To pour the fresh white tears over his body and set about walking the rational cash crop lines?

French Indochina privatized the Khmer monarchy’s land in 1884, beginning the physical, conceptual, and spiritual transformation of Cambodia’s nature into exploitable land. Hevea seeds were imported from Brazil, and Cambodia’s first land concession was established in 1922 for a rubber plantation. Until 1975, it was the largest in the world. Subsequent plantations were concentrated in the highlands, areas home to ancient forests and diverse indigenous populations whose cultures, languages, and histories differ markedly from those of the Khmer people. […]

Erin Gleson

Texts Erin Gleeson and Vandy Rattana.
Jeu de Paume / CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.
French / Khmer / English, 15 x 21 cm, 64 pages, 14 euros


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