Week 11- Artist Conversation- Sovanchan Sorn

Artist: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition: this is all I remember

Media: Video, Voice recordings

Gallery Werby Gallery

Sovanchan Sorn is a senior in the Fiber Art program at the CSULB School of Art working towards her BFA. Her exhibition explores the experiences that some of her family members endured at refugee camps.

While walking through the gallery, your eyes are instantly directed to the hanging piece that was brightly lit. The gallery was pretty dark, so the first thing you notice is the light illuminating from the art and the visual that was projected in the corner of the room. Along the wall, there were posters that described her interviews with her family members. Each one spoke about their experiences in the refugee camps with great detail. Some were short, while others were long, but they each ended by their refusal to want to remember more of their traumatic experiences.

The only part of the gallery that had lights were the interviews and the piece hanging from the ceiling. Sovanchan did this because she wanted to bring light to her families horrific experiences. This exhibition allowed her to explore her families past and gave her a greater sense of appreciation for the life that her family provided to her growing up here in the United States.

I really enjoyed her exhibition this week because it reminded me a lot of my family. Fortunately, they didn’t have any experiences as difficult as theirs, but they moved all the way to the U.S. from Guam to create a better life for themselves and their children. Like Sovanchan, I am grateful to have had the life that I have been given and will do my best to make the rest of my family proud.

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