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An exhibition titled 1975, featuring work by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, and LinDa Saphan; curated by Chuong-Dai Vo

What is this fundraiser for? 

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

What is the exhibition about? 

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.

Why is this exhibition important?

The Khmer Rouge regime killed 1.7 million people and left another one million as refugees; 90% of the country’s artists were killed or were forced to flee. In the last three decades, a new generation of artists has been rebuilding the country and creating a new cultural scene.

This exhibition is planned to coincide with Season of Cambodia, an unprecedented initiative bringing more than 125 Cambodian artists to New York City, to highlight the post-1979 rebirth of the arts in the Southeast Asian country.

This exhibition, 1975, is historically significant because it is the only visual art event that foregrounds the contributions of woman artists and diasporic Cambodian artists to the construction of a post-war and post-genocide society. Although the dates for the exhibition coincide with the Season of Cambodia festival, the exhibition is independently organized and funded.

There are few exhibitions of contemporary Cambodian art in the world in general, and in the U.S. in particular. Your contribution will help us make this exhibition happen!

Who are the artists in the exhibition?

Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist and scholar whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent artist-run media lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she currently resides. For further details about her work and process, visit www.studio-revolt.com.

Amy Lee Sanford is a Cambodian American visual artist who works cross media, from drawing and sculpture to performance and video. Her art addresses the evolution of emotional stagnation, and the lasting psychological effects of war, including aspects of guilt, loss, alienation, and displacement. She was born in Phnom Penh during the Lon Nol government of the early 1970s; her father, an intellectual, sent her out of the country with his American wife nine months before the Khmer Rouge took over the country. Currently, she is an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, through the Season of Cambodia events taking place in New York. Her work can be seen at www.amyleesanford.com.

LinDa Saphan was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime, she and her family lived for more than two decades in Canada and France. In 2005, Saphan co-organized Visual Arts Open, a landmark contemporary art festival that introduced Cambodian artists to the international art market. Recognizing a lack of resources to support women artists in Cambodia, she established the “Selapak Neari” program the same year, providing workshops, networking opportunities, and an exhibition space for emerging women artists. At the same time, she curated the first group exhibition at the Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture. Saphan earned a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Sorbonne in 2007. Her work can be seen at www.saphan.info.

Who is the curator?

Chuong-Dai Vo is an independent curator and writer based in NYC and a Visiting Scholar at MIT. Her curatorial and scholarly work focus on how war and diasporic migrations affect the production of literature, cinema and visual culture, in particular in the circuits between Asia and the U.S. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Program and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, among others. Her most recent project was a co-curated group exhibition titled War is for the Living.

What will the contributions go toward?

Your support will help us pay for material, equipment, printing, international transportation and delivery of the art work, and installation.

What are the contribution perks?

The artists are offering innovative rewards that are specific to the experience of being diasporic Khmer women.

Here are details about the perks for your support:

$25 (unlimited) - The Local
Personal Postcards from Two Countries
Our Local will receive two handwritten postcards: one postcard sent by Anida and Amy from Phnom Penh and one postcard sent by LinDa from New York City. Now that’s a diasporic experience!

$50  (50 available) - The Tourist
1975 T-shirt and Postcard
Our Tourist will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, an original design by Anida Yoeu Ali. Additionally, you will receive a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida.

$100 (40 available) - The Missionary
Sarong, 1975 T-shirt, and Postcard
Our Missionary will receive a batik patterned sarong, hand selected by one of the artists. The sarong will be sewn and ready to wear or use in a variety of ways. Additionally, you will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida.

$150  (20 available) - The NGO Do-Gooder
One-of-a-Kind Hobo Bag, 1975 T-shirt, and Postcard
Our NGO Do-Gooder will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade, reversible hobo bag made with Cambodian fabric, sewn and designed by LinDa or Anida. Please see the photos and video for some of the unique designs. Additionally, you will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia or New York, with a personal message from either Anida or Linda, respectively.

$250 (10 available) - The Cultural Worker
One Original Artist Print, 1975 T-shirt,  Postcard, and Catalog Thank You Our passionate Cultural Worker will receive an 11x17 inch, limited edition photographic print by either Anida or Amy, the choice is yours. The signed print will be an image from Amy Lee Sanford’s Full Circle performance or Anida Yoeu Ali’s The Public Square. Both durational performances occurred in public spaces in Phnom Penh. (Please select your choice of prints from the images below). Additionally, you will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida.

$500 (6 available ) - The Investor
Custom made, original “monk-style” robe, 1975 T-shirt, Postcard, & Catalog Thank You
Our enthusiastic Investor will receive a custom made “monk-style” robe, similar to what Anida wears for performances. The Investor will need to provide their size or body measurements for these custom pieces, which are made in Cambodia. The robes are available in white or orange cotton fabric. Included in the package is a special 8x10 inch print of Anida and Amy, “fashionably” dressed in Cambodian patterned pajamas and sarong, photographed in the middle of Phnom Penh. Trust us, you’ll get a kick out of this never-before-released image!

Additionally, you will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida. Our enthusiastic Investor will be thanked in both the online and printed exhibition catalogs, and will receive a copy of the printed catalog, plus accompanying promotional exhibition materials. 

 
$800 (4 available ) - The Collector
One Original 10”x20" Drawing by LinDa Saphan, 1975 T-shirt, Postcard, & Catalog Thank You
Our angelic Collector will receive an original drawing from LinDa Saphan’s Yesterday’s Omen series. Additionally, you will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida. Our angelic Collector will be thanked in both the online and printed exhibition catalogs, and will receive a copy of the printed catalog, plus accompanying promotional exhibition materials. 

We offer three options to our generous Ultimate Patrons!

$1000 (1 available) - The Ultimate Patron 1
One Original Flip Book by Amy Lee Sanford, One Original 20x22 inch Drawing by LinDa Saphan, 1975 T-shirt, Postcard, & Catalog Thank You

Our incredible Ultimate Patron 1 will receive:

+ One of Amy Lee Sanford's original edition flip books, created with images from her 2012 Full Circle performance. This 4x6 inch book, with Japanese style binding and cotton twine, is 99 pages long.

+ One of LinDa Saphan's famous Incognito series drawings (2008, 20x22 inches), exhibited in Art Basel Miami and in Paris.

 + Additionally, the incredible Ultimate Patron will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida. Our incredible Ultimate Patron will be thanked in both the online and printed exhibition catalogs, and will receive a copy of the printed catalog, plus accompanying promotional exhibition materials. 

$1000 (1 available) - The Ultimate Patron 2
One never before exhibited, 29x9.84 inch Print by Anida Yoeu Ali, One Original 20x22 inch Drawing by LinDa Saphan, 1975 T-shirt, Postcard, & Catalog Thank You

Our incredible Ultimate Patron 2 will receive:

+ One of LinDa Saphan's famous Incognito series drawings (2008, ink on rice paper mounted on canvas, 20x22 inch), exhibited in Art Basel Miami and in Paris.

+ One of Anida Yoeu Ali's never before exhibited 29x9.84 inch prints from The Space Between Inside/Outside solo show. (See image photo of “The Fiery Rose (of BoeungKak Lake) Grey Wall #2", 2012)

+ Additionally, the incredible Ultimate Patron will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida. Our incredible Ultimate Patron will be thanked in both the online and printed exhibition catalogs, and will receive a copy of the printed catalog, plus accompanying promotional exhibition materials. 

$1000 (1 available) - The Ultimate Patron 3
One never before exhibited 23.2x9.84 inch Print by Anida Yoeu Ali, One Original Flip Book by Amy Lee Sanford, 1975 T-shirt, Postcard, & Catalog Thank You

Our incredible Ultimate Patron 3 will receive:
+ One of Anida Yoeu Ali's 23.2x9.84 inch digital C-prints from her recent 2012 solo show The Space Between Inside/Outside. This is an editioned photograph titled "Enter Without an Exit Plan (Street 98)" in the series that has never been exhibited before, a rare offering for our Ultimate Patron.

+ One of Amy Lee Sanford's original edition Flip Books, created with images from her 2012 Full Circle performance. The 93 page book, with Japanese style binding and cotton twine, measures 4x6 inches.

+ Additionally, the incredible Ultimate Patron will receive a limited edition, silkscreened t-shirt (available in black or white) with the exhibition title 1975, and a handwritten postcard mailed from Cambodia, with a personal message from either Amy or Anida. Our incredible Ultimate Patron will be thanked in both the online and printed exhibition catalogs, and will receive a copy of the printed catalog, plus accompanying promotional exhibition materials. 

Is there a shipping cost?

We will cover the costs of shipping within the continental U.S. International shipping charges range between US$7-25, depending on the reward.

We thank you for your support, and hope to see you at the exhibition's Opening Reception on April 27, 2013!

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FAQ:

Where is the bag design and what if I do not select a bag design?
The handmade “hobo” bag designs are shown in the photos above. Please be sure to select a design and indicate weather you prefer Anida’s or Linda’s unique designs. There are only 10 designs of each, and each is available on a first come, first serve basis. If you do not indicate a design for us, we will contact you directly to check in on your preference.

Will you need my measurements for the “monk” inspired robes?
Yes, if you are donating at the Investor level, we will need you to measure yourself (or have a friend measure you). We’ll need you to measure your height (from shoulders to length of robe preference). Then we’ll need your measurements for shoulders, chest, waist, and hips in centimeters so we can customize your monk-like robes. And yes the robes can be for men, women, gender fluid or transgendered folks. Do note that the pleats on the side (pictured in orange) are a bit more "feminine" or have a more fitted feel. If we don’t receive measurement info from you, we’ll send you a reminder email.

Why are there 3 Ultimate Patrons and what’s the difference?
We wanted this level of patronage to receive at least two valuable artworks from the three featured artists. It's a steal because you are getting original works by two of us! You will be the Ultimate Patron!

What if I want to donate more than the amount indicated here?
We encourage you to be as generous as possible, but rewards for the various tiers of donation, are set as indicated.

Are there any other ways I can help without donating financially to your project?
YES - we are also seeking in kind support in printing, website design, documentation. If you have these skills, kindly contact us. We also welcome interests from other galleries, museums and cultural institutions that would be interested in the traveling version of the 1975 exhibition. We’d love to tour the show, with an eventual exhibition in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

How do I contact you?
For inquiries or to provide other support, please email info@studio-revolt.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are always risks and challenges to putting up a historic exhibition, especially in collaboration between artists working on two different continents, with very few resources. Some of the risks may include the following:

1. Artwork gets stolen, lost or damaged during the shipping and delivery process
2. Artwork gets stolen, lost or severely damaged during the installation process
3. The exhibition space is canceled due to natural disasters, unforeseen crime, and/or factors beyond anyone's control
4. One of the artists is stolen, lost or severely damaged during her travel and/or the installation process (We really hope this doesn't happen!!!!!!).

Whatever the risks and challenges for this upcoming exhibition, it is scheduled to open come snow, rain, or shine on Saturday April 27, 2013, at Topaz Arts Center. There are three amazing professional artists involved plus one trusted and diligent curator, so we anticipate that we will make and exhibit art to the best of our abilities. With a little bit of financial support from our communities, we can insure that this truly amazing event will happen.

Make history with us and support our project today!

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