Project Title: Footprints, Genre: Sculpture, Artist: HEAK Pheary
An educative artistic collaboration with youth inspiring the discovery of hidden stories about abuse in their community.
HEAK Pheary is a young Cambodian artist based in Battambang. Her work pushes our collec- tive imagination towards a better world. Working with harmful waste, ideals of natural beauty, and traditional textiles, Pheary’s work sits at a truly contemporary intersection where everything is manmade and up for negotiation. Pheary seeks to constantly combine her love of teaching with her art and design, and most of her work is collaborative in nature.
She has exhibited her work all over Cambodia, including at the Institut Francais, Bo- phana Center, Romeet, Meta House, and Make Maek gallery. In 2016, she was award- ed artist residencies at Hue Artist Residency in Vietnam, and at Sa Sa Art Projects in Phnom Penh. She has done workshops for hundreds of children, including Create Cambodia, a Peace Corps initiative for 115 kids from all over Cambodia. Working with children, Pheary has instigated conversations about gender equality, environment, and cultural preservation through collaboratively built socially engaged sculptures.