By Imke Ruigrok

Khvay Samnang (born in Cambodia, 1982; lives and works in Phnom Penh), brings local Cambodian context, rituals and history into dialogue with all things current and global. Animal masks are a recurring element in his performances, installations, photography and videos. He activates them; they come to life, as it were, in performances and dance. Performers wear the masks, depicting and almost becoming the animals that in Samnang’s work carry a wide range of meanings.