Lim Sokchanlina

Wrapped Future

Photography, Book, installation and postcard
Photography: 70 x 110cm, Digital C-Print, Edition of 5, 24 photos, 2009-2013
Book: W22cm x H29cm, Edition of 200, 2012
Installation: W5m x L2.5m x H2.7m, 2012
Postcard:10cm x 15cm, 250 copies/each, 14 postcards, 2013
Year: 2009-

“The land enclosed is no longer a presence, as if what was displaced or destroyed at these sites no longer matters. Memory has been traded for development. What will be erected with a strict belief that the future is the only concern? These fences are wrapping the future, standing in place of what was forgotten or never even known.”

Fences. Makeshift enclosures. Dividing lines. These increasingly present indicators of change define much of Phnom Penh’s topography today. Since the onset of heightened urban construction in 2009, Lim Sokchanlina has been concerned with the border-making practices of national development schemes that promise a better “New Phnom Penh”.

With both archival and artistic impulse, Lim repeatedly photographs these temporary partitions at especially contentious sites, seeking to provoke questions about real and representational borders, their physical and psychological ability to divide public and private, past and future, known and unknown.

Carefully composed under the brightness of midday sunlight, Lim’s corrugated color fields flatten the imposing fences into mundane facades. Colors, patterns, dents, rust, dirt, and markings invite a painterly inspection. His titles serve to keep a record of what was where when. The ghost of a landmark colonial building is remembered in Former Ministry of Tourism, Sothearos Boulevard and Sisowath Quay, 2009. Cambodia’s iconic Corbusier-trained architect Vann Molyvann’s work is mourned in Former Preah Suramarit National Theatre, National Assembly Street, 2009. Communities of displaced people are honored in Former Borei Keila, South side, 2012.

Isolated to the image, away from their bustling surroundings and ephemeral fate, the fences become permanent, recorded landmarks. As such, what they conceal, and ultimately what they will reveal, can be called into question.

LSL2009W0004-390-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Former Dey Krohom, East Wall, between Sothearos Boulevard and National Assembly Street.

LSL2009W0004-350-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Samdech Hun Sen Street, South End.

LSL2009W0004-199-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Southeast Corner, National Assembly Street and Dragon Bridge Street (2).

LSL2009W0004-103-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Russian Confederation Boulevard, between Street 225 and Street 221.

LSL2009W0004-235-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Southeast Corner, National Assembly Street and Dragon Bridge Street (1).

LSL2009W0004-433-2Phnom Penh. Cambodai. 2009: Former Preah Suranarit National Theater, National Assembly Street.

LSL2009W0004-975Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: International Finance Complex, Sothearos Boulevard (1).

LSL2009W0004-355-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: East Samdech Hun Sen Street, Sunwah Property.

LSL2011046G00039Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2011: Independence Monument.

LSL2012046G00606Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2012: Olympic Stadium, East side.

LSL2012046G00922Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2012: Next to Young's commercial Center, National Road Number 6th

LSL2013046G01324Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2013: Diamond Island City 1

LSL2013046G01404Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2013: Diamond Island City 2

LSL2013046G01493Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2013: Beoung Kak area, East wall

LSL2009W0004-101-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: WEast Street 51, between Street 154 and Street 172.

LSL2009W0004-286-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: West End, Dragon Bridge Street?, Diamond Island City.

LSL2009W0004-744-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Vattanac Tower, Monivong Boulevard.

LSL2009W0004-755-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: West Street 51 between Street 102 and Street 106.

LSL2009W0004-789-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Opposite Night Market, Sisowath Quay.

LSL2009W0004-905-2Phnom Penh. Camboida. 2009: North Street 106, between Street 61 and Street 67.

LSL2009W0004-949-2Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: West Street 592, between Street 331 and Street 317.

LSL2011046G00092Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Opposite Plaza Cambodia, Russian Confederation Boulevard (1).

LSL2011046G00177Phnom Penh. Cambodia. 2009: Opposite Plaza Cambodia, Russian Confederation Boulevard (2).

LSL2012046G00730Phnom Penh. Cambodai. 2012: Former Borei Keila, South Side, Czechoslavakia Boulevard, between Street 152 and Street 164.

Green metal fence: Installation in SA SA BASSAC Gallery.

Wrapped Future Book

Postcards display in IFA gallery, Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany

Postcard 2A

Postcard 2B

Postcard 3A

Postcard 3B