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Vandy Rattana

b. 1980, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Lives and works in Cambodia, Japan and France


Single-channel video
Duration 19:03 mins
Collection of Singapore Art Museum

Funeral, 2018

Single-channel video
Duration 45:09 mins
Collection of Singapore Art Museum

…far away, over there, the ocean, 2019

Single-channel video
Duration 34:46 mins
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2019 commission

Three video works comprise the ‘MONOLOGUE Trilogy.’ MONOLOGUE, the first in the trilogy, is a moving exploration of Cambodia’s violent past and reflects on the nature of trauma. Vandy Rattana’s monologue is to the sister he has never met, and reveals his struggle coming to terms with the violence and loss experienced by his family and country. …far away, over there, the ocean is the last film of the trilogy to be produced (but arranged as the second to be viewed). It journeys with the character of a young painter who believes landscapes are but projected illusions of beauty and sensations produced by fragments of experiences in life. Funeral, the series’ third work, explores notions of history – both disclosed and occluded – as well as memory, amnesia and trauma. It dwells on Cambodia’s landscape – a terrain bearing the weight of lives lived, and buried, within its soil.


Images courtesy of the Artist

Vandy Rattana (b. 1980, Phnom Penh, Cambodia) is a self-taught photographer and video artist whose poignant works portray episodes of historical violence and trauma against the backdrop of rural Cambodia. He became interested in filmmaking in 2014 and has been working on a film trilogy since; the third and final film is commissioned by the Singapore Biennale 2019. Vandy’s works reside in numerous private and public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Singapore Art Museum and the Mori Art Museum. He lives and works in Cambodia, Japan and France.