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Linda Sok
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia and New York, USA

Linda Sok is a Cambodian-Australian artist focused on investigating the culturally and personally significant period, the Khmer Rouge Regime, which forced her family to flee Cambodia. Her practice navigates the complexities of the trauma embedded in the Cambodian diaspora and aims to shift its legacy from one focused on genocide to one of healing.

 

With careful considerations for cultural objects, rituals, traditions and their materiality, her practice often manifests in sculptural installations. By accessing fragments of the past, she attempts to recontextualise lost traditions and culture to allow living descendants to process the traumatic history experienced by older generations.

 

Linda has exhibited in institutions such as Artspace, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Firstdraft Gallery, Institute of Modern Art and Gertrude Contemporary. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Fine Arts. Linda is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the NARS Foundation in New York.

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Solo Exhibitions

2020 Corporeal/Spiritual, Firstdraft, NSW (catalogue, Virtual Tour)
2019 Soft Monument, Seventh Gallery, VIC
2019 Soft Monument, AD Space, NSW
2019 For my ancestors (ritual for the dead), Wellington St Projects, NSW
2018 A space for remembrance, 541 Art Space, NSW

Selected Exhibitions

2023 Cambodian Ikat Reinvented: from lost heritage to living practices, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2023 Something earned, Something left behind, curated by Kehayr Brown-Ransaw, Center for Craft, NC

2022 Empty Pockets, curated by Sineenart Meena, Gertrude, VIC (essay)

2022 Sift, NARS Foundation, NY

2022 Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Institute of Modern Art, QLD (catalogue, Virtual Tour
2022 Liminality, Textile Arts Centre, NY (exhibition)

2022 Ash, Pari, Parramatta, NSW

2021 In the fibre of her being, curated by Sarah Rose, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, NSW

2021 LOSS, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, NSW

2021 Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, VIC

2021 Footscray Art Prize, Footscray Art Centre, VIC

2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize, NSW

2021 As above, so below, AIR Space Projects, NSW

2021 Krik Krak, Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge

2020 Rising from the ashes, Gaffa Gallery, NSW

2020 GENERATOR, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, (Virtual)

2020 Sizzle!, Bromfield Art Gallery, Boston (Virtual)

2019 Create NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor and Elyse Goldfinch, Artspace, Sydney

2019 Launch, Sydney Art Collective, Marrickville

2019 Eden Unearthed, Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park (Catalogue)

2019 Speak Softly, Tread Heavily, curated by Talia Smith, Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn

2019 Dear Homeland, Kudos Gallery, Paddington

2019 Subverting "The Intolerable Narrative", Firstdraft, Woolloomooloo (Catalogue)

2018 The Annual, UNSW Galleries, Paddington

2018 Piece of Mind, Gallery Lane Cove, Lane Cove

2018 Ritual / Resistance presented by Peril, Down/Under Space, Chippendale

2018 Remembering ancestors, Three Foot SquarePaddington

2018 Pro/positions, UNSW Art & Design, Paddington

2017 Counter Conduct presented by F123, 541 Art Space, Sydney (Catalogue)

2017 NOX Night Sculpture Walk, Randwick Environmental Park, Randwick (Catalogue)

2017 Collective Realities presented by F123, 541 Art Space, Sydney (Online Catalogue)

2017 Eden Unearthed, Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park (Catalogue)

2017 Dislocation, Kudos Gallery, Paddington (Catalogue)

2017 What's the Meme-ing of this?, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula (Catalogue)

2016 Somebody Nobody, UNSW Blackbox, Paddington

2016 Interval, Wayward Art Project, Camperdown (Catalogue)

2016 Spirit, BEAMS Arts Festival, Chippendale (Catalogue)

2016 Second to None, AD Space, Paddington

2016 Refugeez, Hurstville LMG, Hurstville

Grants & Awards

2023 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual & Multidisciplinary
2022 Finalist, Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Brisbane

2022 Arts Grant Fund, American Australian Association

2021 Finalist, Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize

2021 Footscray Art Prize, Melbourne

2021 Wyndham Art Prize, Melbourne

2021 Cambridge Art Association National Prize, Massachusetts

2021 Cambridge Arts Association Covid-19 Relief Scholarship

2020 NAVA Artists Benevolent Fund

2020 Myer Foundation: National Assistance Program for the Arts Fund

2019 Finalist, Create NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Artspace, Sydney

2019 Arc @ UNSW Art & Design Grant

2018 Highly Commended, Kudos Emerging Artist and Designer Award, Paddington

2018 Finalist, Jenny Birt Award, AD Space, Paddington

2017 Randwick Council Grant for NOX Night Sculpture Walk

2017 Arc @ UNSW Art & Design Grant

2017 Eden Gardens Stipend for Eden Unearthed

 

Residencies

2023 Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont

2023 Residency, Hambidge Arts Center, Georgia

2022 Artist in Residence, NARS Foundation, New York

2022 Artist in Residence, Textile Arts Center, New York

2021 Studio Resident, Boston Center for the Arts, Massachusetts

2020 Artist Residency, Cementa20, Kandos

2020 Studio Residency, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

2019 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Creative Studio Space

2017 Eden Gardens Artist in Residence

Education

2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), University of New South Wales Art & Design
University Medal in Fine Arts

First class Honours
2015 Bachelor of Science, University of Sydney
(Majors in Psychology and History & Philosophy of Science)

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