Reaksmey Yean (Centre for Khmer Studies)

A native of Battambang, Reaksmey Yean is a self-proclaimed art advocate, an early-career art curator, writer and researcher; and an Alphawood scholar (SOAS, University of London for Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art – in Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian Art). He was an exchange scholar at Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, Chiang Mai University; and an inaugural SEAsia Award Scholar of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and Asian Cultural Council fellow for MA in Asian Art Histories.

Yean was a curator for creative programs at Java Creative Café, Phnom Penh. Prior, he served several senior posts, including an Assistant to School of Performing Arts, at Phare Ponleu Selpak, a multi-disciplinary arts centre, where he received his early education. He is also a founding father of a defunct collective named Trotchaek Pneik, a cultural and artistic collective based in Battambang.

Yean is interested in multi-disciplinary practices (Film, Visual and Performing Arts). As an Art Advocate, Yean is involved in the promotion of art and culture and their histories within contemporary Cambodia via curatorial practices and art criticism. As a scholar, Yean is concerned with Buddhist Arts, Contemporary and Modern Arts, Southeast Asia, Cultural Diplomacy, and decolonial theory.

Reaksmey is a Co-Investigator on the Phase 2 Large Grant project ‘Contemporary Arts Making and Creative Expression Among Young Cambodians.’