The City in Time
Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia
- PUBLISHED: October 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art History / Asian Art, Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, Visual Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 240 Pages, 7 x 10 in, 66 color illus., 1 map
- ISBN: 9780295749235
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
In The City in Time, Pamela N. Corey provides new ways of understanding contemporary artistic practices in a region that continues to linger in international perceptions as perpetually “postwar.” Focusing on art from the last two decades, Corey connects artistic developments with social transformations as reflected through the urban landscapes of Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. As she argues, artists’ engagements with urban space and form reveal ways of grasping multiple and layered senses and concepts of time, whether aligned with colonialism, postcolonial modernity, communism, or postsocialism.
The City in Time traces the process through which collective memory and aspiration are mapped onto landscape and built space to shed light on how these vibrant Southeast Asian cities shape artistic practices as the art simultaneously consolidates the city as image and imaginary. Featuring a dynamic array of creative productions that include staged and documentary photography, the moving image, and public performance and installation, The City in Time illustrates how artists from Vietnam and Cambodia have envisioned their rapidly changing worlds.
Authors & Contributors
Pamela N. Corey is assistant professor of art and media studies at Fulbright University Vietnam.
Corey’s masterful monograph will be a must-read not only for Documenta visitors but also for anyone interested in global contemporary art and South East Asia.- South East Asia Research
It is valuable asset to any syllabus of Southeast Asian contemporary art history to inspire new writings.- Art & Market
An exciting, important book that covers new art and artists in Southeast Asia–an arena vastly overlooked in the current art historical world. Corey's attention to art and urban form in Vietnam and Cambodia is a valuable contribution to urban studies, contemporary art studies, and global studies.- Namiko Kunimoto, author of The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art
This fascinating and needed contribution adds significantly to what we know about contemporary art concerning Vietnam and Cambodia.- Jennifer Way, author of The Politics of Vietnamese Craft: American Diplomacy and Domesticiation