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A Three Part Zoom Lecture Series

On Monday 24th October 2022

Early Modern Cambodia: archaeology and ceramics from Longvek by Dr Martin Polkinghorne

This presentation will review the growing body of archaeological evidence from the 16th and 17th-century Cambodian capital of Longvek (laṅvaek) that demonstrates that Cambodia was deeply connected to bourgeoning global trade. Instead of pejorative views of this period as a time of absence, Early Modern Cambodia was a vibrant and complex territorial power and mercantile hub.

Dr Martin Polkinghorne is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide.

On Monday 31st October 2022

The development of Cambodian contemporary art by Vuth Lyno with Larry Strange

Cambodia’s artists and arts institutions were decimated by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime of the late 1970s. But the past 20 years have seen
remarkable socioeconomic development and the emergence of a vibrant contemporary art scene. A younger generation of artists are now represented in major international arts events like the Asia-Pacific Triennial (APT), the Sydney Biennale, the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and Art Basel, along with shows and collections in major international art centres. Vuth Lyno’s lecture will provide an overview of these developments, highlighting some specific artists and their works, and some of the local initiatives that have fostered them.

Vuth Lyno is a Cambodian artist and Artistic Director of Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh. His talk will be introduced by Larry Strange, a
collector of Cambodian contemporary art and a socio-economic development policy analyst, based in Phnom Penh since 2003.

On Monday 7th November 2022

If textiles could talk: Cambodian cultural events visualized in silk by Gill Green

This presentation explores Cambodian culture through its antique textiles. It features those created specifically to be worn at marriages and Buddhist monks’ ordination ceremonies, events such as funerals, cremations and the annual water festival when spirits of the dead are returned to their underworld homes. These textiles appear not to have been worn but to have functioned as visualisations or records of events which persist to the present day.

Gill Green is the author of Traditional Textiles of Cambodia (2003) and Pictorial Cambodian Textiles (2008).

HOW TO BOOK: Please email Chris Manning Please make all bookings and payments in advance. No refunds.

1. By Direct Debit (“your name KHMER” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card on this website – see booking button on top right of this page

PLEASE NOTE: The booking button on this page is for payment for the 3 lecture series, even though only the date of the first lecture is listed below. To book for an individual lecture, please see the relevant event listing on this website and book through that.


24 October, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEDT
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