Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora

LinDa Saphan is a proud contributor to this new publication, Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora.

"Pairing image and text, Troubling Borders showcases creative writing and visual artworks by sixty-two women of Southeast Asian descent. The collection features compelling storytelling that troubles the borders of categorization and reflects the multilayered experience of Southeast Asian women."  

UNITY by Saphan and Yanese Smith

"UNITY" is an art project initiated by Yanese Smith and LinDa Saphan for the Art Festival organized by the Art department of College of Mount Saint Vincent. We asked students to write on a black paper their hope and dreams or anything that would describe them. They would then fold it into any shape of their choice. Together we created this art piece.

Leiden, Netherlands Conference

September 4-6 2013

Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) will host the first conference within the project Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asian Popular Music of the 20th Century. The Voices of Asian Modernities project is a consortium between Leiden University, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Saphan will present "Voices of Cambodian Modernity: Female Rock Stars of the Pre–Khmer Rouge Era"

Publication Summer 2013

An article on Sihanouk and popular music published by LinDa Saphan on IIAS journal enjoy reading it! read article here  

SSSP Convention August 2013

New York, 2013

Saphan presided a panel at the SSSP convention in August 2013. She was also the graphic designer for the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

1975 at Topaz Arts, Queens, NY

An exhibition titled 1975, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, and LinDa Saphan, and curated by Chuong-Dai Vo. Opening reception: April 27, 2013, 6pm-8pm
On view: April 27-May 26, 2013, by appointment & Saturday Noon-4pm Location: Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Queens, NY 11377

This exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian, woman artists whose works exemplify the dynamic contemporary art scene in Phnom Penh: Anida Yoeu Ali’s photographs and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge; Amy Lee Sanford’s video and prints share with viewers the process of uncovering a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew; and LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh take us back to her mother’s memories of living there. photos courtesy of Topaz Arts, 2013


Legacy of Now at APA, NYU

APA at NYU, NY, Legacy of Now, Curated by Anida Yoeu Ali

In the aftermath of war, over 1 million Cambodian refugees fled with their families to rebuild their lives in other countries. From near artistic annihilation, the cultural arts of Cambodia were valiantly recovered and preserved by Cambodians inside and outside of the country thus leading to a unique contemporary intersection. For twenty-first century Cambodians, art has begun to question and engage the present. Recognizing the critical global and local contributions of Cambodian diaspora artists, this roundtable discussion features an intergenerational group of visual and performing artists to share their experiences and ideas.

Panelists will address issues of transnational identities and the ways in which the act of returning “home” functions as an important point of encounter or departure for their artistic practices. Curated and moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali, this panel will feature dancer/choreographer Prumsodun Ok, photographer Pete Pin, conceptual artist Amy Lee Sanford, and visual artist/scholar LinDa Saphan

Saphan at Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn NY

GOWANUS LOFT, Brooklyn NY. My drawings were exhibiting alongside to Thavary Krouch documentary film Black Ink On Rice Paper.

...there’s a growing movement of empowered young Cambodians who use media and art to explore their cultural identity, political/historical circumstances, and experience. We carry the dual responsibility of decoding complex personal histories while contributing to the narrative of a people just one generation from the horrors of genocide. I am convinced that justice and healing must emerge first and foremost from the collective will of the people.

The arts are a testament to this, to the continued vitality of the Cambodian people, to the fact that Pol Pot failed to destroy us, and that in spite of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties of rebuilding, we cannot and will not be silenced.


Khmer New Year 2013

"The Forward Festival is a month of Cambodian arts and culture programming at Gowanus Loft to celebrate The Season of Cambodia. Forward is co-presented by Khmerican & The Vanderbilt Republic."

Cambodian Modern Arts Festival curated by Pete Pin, April 20th

Thavary Krouch's short film "Black Ink On Rice Paper" will be screened next to Saphan's artworks.

What a New Year!!!!

Season of Cambodia

Khmer Arts Taking Over the Big Apple

"The festival celebrates Cambodia’s artistic revival just one generation removed from the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979), a dark period in Cambodia’s history during which nearly 90% of the artists and intellectuals were tragically eliminated in an effort to devastate a flourishing artistic community. Season of Cambodia, then, will serve as an international platform that not only highlights the extraordinary resilience of the Cambodian nation and its artists, and also sets the stage for other post-conflict nations seeking renewal through artistic expression."