b. 1980, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A self-taught photographer, Vandy Rattana has focused on challenging conditions in his home country by documenting natural and manmade disasters. He cofounded the artists’ collective Stiev Selapak in 2007, and with them opened the alternative space Sa Sa Art Gallery in 2009, followed by Sa Sa Art Projects in 2010, both in Phnom Penh. The history of American presence in Cambodia is the subject of his video and series of photographs Bomb Ponds (2009), which looks at the lasting effects of U.S. bombing operations on the nation’s landscape, its people, and their collective memory. Bomb Ponds was acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection in 2012. Rattana has had recent solo exhibitions at SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2011 and 2012–13), and Asia Society, New York (2013). Rattana lives and works in Phnom Penh and Paris.