These two videos arise from Lim Sokchanlina’s ongoing research into the stories of Khmer migrants following an artist residency in Thailand. A Good Event in Tokyo presents two narratives that took place in Japan. One documents a peaceful demonstration by Khmer migrants in Shinjuku; the other shows footage of a traditional Khmer dance class. Coming together, the single-channel video observes how the lives and psyches of Khmer migrants have changed since arriving in Japan. Letter to the Sea depicts Lim reading his own handwritten letter to Khmer migrants in Thailand, and was shot near the maritime border between Cambodia and Thailand. The letter enfolds in Lim’s dedications to three Khmer migrants involved in the fishing slave trade who returned home to Cambodia after a prolonged absence.
Images courtesy of the Artist
Lim Sokchanlina (b. 1987, Prey Veng, Cambodia) utilises various media from documentary photography and film to video installations and performance to call attention to a variety of socio-economic and geopolitical issues in Cambodia. He graduated from Norton University in Phnom Penh with a BA in Economics before enrolling in vocational training to learn photography. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), Bangkok Art Biennale (2018) and ‘SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now’ (Japan, 2017). Lim is the co-founder of Sa Sa Art Projects, a non-profit, artist-run space that embraces diverse and experimental art practices in Phnom Penh. He lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.