A comissioned mix for the Leipzig-based exhibition “Where is my karaoke? Still we sing” curated by Sarnt Utamachote & Phuong Phan (25/5/2022 – 2/10/2022 at D21 Kunstraum). The show focuses on the social realities, life trajectories and world-making practices of the contract workers and exchange students from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (former Indochina) in the former GDR.
This is the Khmer part of the mix.
Here’s what I wrote about it:
Tol banks on her love for 90s & ’00s Rasmey Hang Meas VCD’s. She says: “My dad used to be thé guy with the DVDburner, providing the karaoke videos to the entire [Dutch] community.” The mix revolves around songs produced by Khmer-GDR band Bayon, Leipzig-based compositions by the late Prince Norodom Sihanouk (kindly provided by curator Sarnt Utamachote) and the dancefloor-filling genre Romvong. To her, hearing, singing and dancing the romvong is the epitome of a Khmer celebration. The mix is also her homage to Touch Sunnix. Of her, she says: “She has a voice like an angel. When I was young, I wanted to be her.”
The Vietnamese part of the mix is curated by Cường Minh Bá Phạm, aka Phambino (London, UK).
For inquiries about the show please contact the curator Sarnt Utamachote.