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Kong Vollak


Vollak Kong is one of the most exciting young artists of his generation in Cambodia. A 2006 graduate of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, which he attended with a full scholarship, Mr. Kong teaches basic art three days a week in a public high school in Svay Rieng Province near Phnom Penh. A remarkable artist who works primarily with charcoal on paper, Mr. Kong is one of the founders of Stiev Selepak. Founded in 2007, this collective, know as "Sa Sa," represents a paradigm shift in Khmer art. Pooling their resources, they have established studio spaces in a semi-abandoned housing project that is slated for demolition. They run community-based workshops and "pop-up" exhibition spaces that allow a broad range of people to interact with them and their work. In 2009, they founded the Sa Sa Bassac Gallery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's first artist-run space. Mr. Kong had his first solo show at the French Cultural Center in 2008, and since then his work has been shown at the Hotel De La Paix in Siem Reap and numerous public and private spaces in Phnom Penh.

Grants Awarded

2012 | Visual Art | United States

ACC supported Mr. Kong in a four-month creative residency program at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governors Island. In addition to his residency, Mr. Kong also observed contemporary art activities in New York City.


Exhibition / United States

Cambodia: Looking Back on the Future

May 4, 2017 - June 14, 2017

Cambodia: Looking Back on the Future is the work of eleven contemporary Cambodian artists, established and emerging, focusing on the human figure and represents the largest known gathering of artwork by Cambodian visual artists in the United States. The exhibition takes a deeper look at contemporary art in Cambodia, the subtleties and complexities that characterize a fluid present moving between past and future. With a tendency towards personal narratives, the figure has emerged, forming a thread to tie together the complexities of personal histories, social issues, identity, displacement and memory. Curators: Debra Fram and Barbara Richards of the Flinn Gallery and Dana Langlois of JavaArts, Phnom Penh.

Vollak Kong received an ACC fellowship in 2012 to observe contemporary art activities and for creative residencies in the U.S.
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Grantee: Kong Vollak