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Sokchanlina Lim, Letter to the Sea (video still), 2019 Courtesy of the artist

Lim Sokchanlina »


Exhibition: – 9 Nov 2022

Nichido Contemporary Art

4-3-3 hatchobori, Chuo-ku
104 0032 Tokyo



Tue-Sat 11-20 . Sun 12-18

nca | nichido contemporary art is pleased to present the first iteration of “Storytellers – Through the lens of contemporaneity,” a series of five solo shows that each present a selection of video works by an internationally acclaimed artist from Asia. The exhibition can be seen as a group show that unfolds over time and places five artists whose artistic practices focus on video art in dialog with each other. Each artist investigates different issues that are affecting their country while simultaneously traveling through history.

Volume 1 of the show presents Sokchanlina Lim’s work Letter to the Sea, which will be on view for the entire duration of AWT 2022. Lim (b. 1987, Prey Veng, Cambodia; lives and works in Phnom Penh) uses his work to represent the cultural, environmental, economic, and political shifts that Cambodia is currently undergoing. He also focuses on the issues that these shifts entail. In Letter to the Sea, Lim, submerged in water, reads a letter addressed to the many deceased Cambodian fishermen who were forced into illegal work in Thailand. The video is part of the artist’s ongoing project “Cambodian Migrant Workers in Asia – A Conversation,” where he investigates the situation of Cambodian workers in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, and China. Letter to the Sea was first presented at the Singapore Biennale in 2019 and it was also included in this year’s Documenta 15.