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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Lim Sokchanlina

Residency period

02 April – 29 June 2018


Working with photography, video, installation, and performance the multidisciplinary practice of Lim Sokchanlina (b. 1987, Cambodia) scrutinizes the developments in the social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental landscape of Cambodia brought about by a rampant process of modernisation. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2017); Urban Aspiration, The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand (2016); and Urban Street Nightclub, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2013).

Lim is committed to a number of community-based projects that foster research, education, and collaborative methodologies in Phnom Penh. In 2007, he co-founded the collective Stiev Selapak which, in 2010, evolved into the artist-run space Sa Sa Art Projects. He also collaborated to establish Analogue Prints Laboratory, the first public-access darkroom in the capital of Cambodia.


In recent years, as globalisation accelerates the process of urbanisation, both developed and developing countries are experiencing a significant influx of immigrants. The reality of cities erected entirely through foreign labour has become increasingly common and the flows of temporary migration lead to the formation of “mini-nations” nestled within rapidly growing cities, that is enclaves of migrant workers that congregate, cohabit, and share material and immaterial resources in foreign countries. Pursuing his interest in the social, political, cultural, and economic impact of globalisation, during the residency Lim Sokchanlina investigates bureaucratic and political apparatuses as well as the personal and psychological aspects that define Singapore’s communities of migrant workers in Little India and “Little Burma” considered as case studies to be compared with similar enclaves in Cambodia and Thailand.