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KHIEV Kanel

About The Artist

Khiev Kanel (b. 1988) received degrees in computer science and auditing, but turned to photography in 2013. He uses various media to document and tell stories of personal, environmental, and social issues. He was a recipient of The Creative Generation award 2018, and a co-recipient of the Best Performance Award 2018 from the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. Khiev’s work has been exhibited widely. His recent solo exhibition, “Staircases” (2018), was held at Java Art Gallery Touk Kork in Phnom Penh, and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Festival Tokyo; Basis, Frankfurt; Objectifs, Singapore; Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh.

KHIEV Kanel

"During the Khmer Rouge period, the saying “Pineapple eyes” or “Angkar has pineapple eyes” was well-known by everyone. In those dark times, the saying “Pineapple eyes” referred to guards - or they could be our neighbors - who spied on our every activity, all the time, and reported it to Angkar."

Pineapple Eyes II. Video

Pineapple Eyes II. Video

About The Artwork

Pineapple Eyes II

Found footage with sound

Pineapple Eyes II explores one of the most pervasive, if invisible, facets of everyday life in the twenty-first century: how technology has enabled constant surveillance of our daily activities and movements. Working with security camera footage, Khiev Kanel reverses the vector of the gaze, making visible what is usually hidden, and upending our normal interaction with technology. Here, the observed observes the observer. The phenomenon of surveillance also bears particular resonance for Cambodia’s recent history. As the artist remarks, “I first heard the sayings “They know everything you’re doing”, and “Pineapple eyes”, from people around me. I had the feeling as if there were hundreds of eyes secretly observing everything I do, just like people had been under constant surveillance during the Khmer Rouge regime. During the Khmer Rouge period, the saying “Pineapple eyes” or “Angkar has pineapple eyes” was well-known by everyone. In those dark times, the saying “Pineapple eyes” referred to guards - or they could be our neighbors - who spied on our every activity, all the time, and reported it to Angkar.”

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