Exhibition :Flower | New works by Neak Sophal
@ JAVA CAFE
Flower | New works by Neak Sophal
Exhibition opening 6:30pm Tuesday, 9 May, 2017
9 May - 25 June, 2017
Java, A Creative Café, Independence Monument
Flower, in a subtle way, challenges the well-established notions of feminine identity in Cambodian society. Neak Sophal, takes as a starting point, local expressions and romantic songs of the 60s that compare women to a flower or white paper - implying purity, beauty and fragility. Sophal worked with several female models to create portraits showing their face framed with flowers selected for cultural significance. The prints are then stained with colorful pigments resulting in an aesthetic that, although is beautiful in its own way, contradicts the locally typical imagery of a beautiful women, which are often highly stylized with makeup, jewelry, costumes and fantasy backgrounds. Sophal, instead relies on the natural beauty of the model, quietly asserting that a woman can be appreciated, and respected, as she is.
NEAK Sophal | Born in 1989 in Takeo, Cambodia. Lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Neak Sophal is a conceptual photographer, considered as one of the emerging talents of the Cambodian art scene. Her works highlight social issues and specificities of the Cambodian culture, with a strong focus on the stories and memories of her models. Trained as a graphic designer at the Phnom Penh Royal University for the Arts, she always prepares the composition of her photographs by asking the model to pose, sometimes with specific objects.
She has been actively involved in workshops and group and solo exhibitions locally and internationally over the last four years including France, Japan, Australia, Angkor Photo Festival, Spot Art, Singapore, Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Asian Eye Culture in Thailand, Voice of Tacitness Exhibition in China, Our City Festival Phnom Penh, SurVivArt, Berlin, and Photo Phnom Penh festival.