CHAN DANY
b. 1984, Prey Veng, Cambodia. Lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Chan Dany is one of few emerging artists in Cambodia creating contemporary work that employs a flexible knowledge of kbach rachana, or Khmer decorative forms – an ancient code of organic shapes and patterns applied in different styles. His practice requires a repetition and patience reminiscent of traditional master-artisan methods of production, such as silk weaving. From a distance Chan’s art even resembles tapestry work, but upon closer viewing his technique is revealed. Of his arduous and delicate practice, Chan speaks about the materials he employs, noting that what was once his waste is now his medium, “My work is about the evolution of materials and knowledge. I take a wooden material apart and apply its pieces back together onto a wooden surface.”

EDUCATION

2002-2007            
Reyum Art School and Workshop, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
Sampot: The Collection of Small Things, Independence Hotel, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia
Sampot: The Collection of Small Things, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2012            
If They Were With Us Today, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015           
And That Which Was Always Known, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore
Eagles Fly, Sheep Flock, Southeast Asian Platform, Art Stage Singapore

2014          
Swimming in Sand; Planting Rice Under an Umbrella, No Vacancy, Melbourne, Australia / parallel programming at National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre and Federation Square
Group Show, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Possession II, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, UK

2013            
Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, ifa, Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany
Art Basel HK, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Possession I, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand

2012            
L’Asie En Vogue, Pagoda Paris, Paris

2011            
The Scale of Angkor, Hotel de la Paix Arts Lounge, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2009            
Accumulations, French Cultural Centre Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Forever Until Now, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
New Asian Promises, Palais Project / Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna

2008            
Strategies From Within, Ke Center for Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
In Transition, Reyum Institute of Art and Culture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2005            
Graduation Paintings, Reyum Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2003            
The Sovannasom Cheadok, Reyum Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


AWARDS AND HONOURS

2006           
Red Art Award 2, Pridi Banomyong Institute.

2003           
Misiem Yipinsoi Grants, the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts.

2002            
Silpa Bhirasri Creativity Grants, Silpakorn University Art Centre, Thailand

1989           
The Friendship Programme for the 21st Century, Japan
Award Winner (print), The Contemporary Art Competition, Thailand

1983           
Top Award Winner, Painting, The Fourth Children’s Art Exhibition of Thailand
National Youth Bureau Award for Outstanding Young Artist Painting Category


NOMINATIONS


2015          
Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong


RESIDENCIES


2008            
Bassac Studio, Phnom Penh, Cambodia