National media outlets highlight powerful contributions from Sopheap Pich and Anida Yoeu Ali.
National media outlets highlight powerful contributions from Sopheap Pich and Anida Yoeu Ali.
April 12

Cambodian Artists and Alums Come “Out of Adversity”

On April 5 the Wall Street Journal highlighted the reemergence of Cambodian artists, celebrated in the seven-week arts festival Seasons of Cambodia, currently exhibited in 30 cultural institutions throughout New York. Writer Robert Turnbull spotlights Cambodian refugee and SAIC Alumnus Sopheap Pich (MFA 1999), the recipient of a $50,000 commission in 2009—“a record for a Cambodian artist”—whose work is currently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year, Pich will also become the first Cambodian artist honored with a solo show at the Documenta festival in Kassel, Germany. The Economist also spotlighted Pich’s participation in the citywide festival on April 6 stating, “Mr. Pich already has an international reputation. A child during the final days of the Khmer Rouge, he emigrated to America and enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago.” And on April 4 Los Angeles newspaper the Rafu Shimpo featured the film “My Americana” directed by fellow Cambodian artist and SAIC alumna Anida Yoeu Ali (MFA 2010). Recently featured in the sixth biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival, the film “presents the narratives of Cambodian Americans impacted by U.S. deportation policies. It’s the simple things they miss. Exiles and expats, they grew up in the U.S. but are long and far from home.”