Spring showings

March 26, 2014 - "1975"

26- 1975 art exhibit with Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Sandford curated by Chuong-Dai Vo in Long Beach City College Art Gallery, 4901 East Carson St, Long Beach CA 90808

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Reception: Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, LBCC Art Gallery, K-100

4901 East Carson Street, Long Beach, CA 90808, 562-938-4815, [email protected]

March 14, 2014 "Still Loving It" Saphan and Aragna Ker had a duo exhibition at Ohio University in Athens.

March 16, 2014- 6th Annual Forum of Khmer Studies

Presentation at the 6th Annual Forum of Khmer Studies organized by the Center of International Studies, Ohio University, Athens Ohio

Dr Saphan also presented an academic paper titled "From Modern Rocker to Postmodern Hip Hop Singer: Cambodian Alternatives Voices" on March 16

Our City Festival - Wounded Words

Wounded Words by LinDa Saphan, an installation at the Mansion, Our City Festival January 17th 2014

Don't Think I've Forgotten Premiere

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Every Record Cover Tell A Story At the White Rose Lounge, Kolab Sor Hotel, Phnom Penh  

The art installation consists of many prints of original Khmer music album covers used in John Pirozzi’s upcoming documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll. Each elaborate cover is a work of art in it is own right using unique graphic design and color schemes that highlight the golden age of what was Cambodia’s amazing music scene of the time.                  


DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide. The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.    


Live concert following the screening featuring music from the film performed by Sin Chan Chaya, Lorn Hourn from Apsara Band, Hong Samley, Chhom Nimol and the Drakkar Band.  

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." http://www.amazon.com/Troubling-Borders-Anthology-Literature-Southeast/dp/0295993197/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387080614&sr=8-1&keywords=troubling+borders  

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