A Good Event in Tokyo

Artist: Lim Sokchanlina
video | Single-channel video and mixed media installation | 05:23 | 2018

These two videos arise from Lim Sokchanlina’s ongoing research into the stories of Khmer migrants following an artist residency in Thailand. A Good Event in Tokyo presents two narratives that took place in Japan. One documents a peaceful demonstration by Khmer migrants in Shinjuku; the other shows footage of a traditional Khmer dance class. Coming together, the single-channel video observes how the lives and psyches of Khmer migrants have changed since arriving in Japan. Letter to the Sea depicts Lim reading his own handwritten letter to Khmer migrants in Thailand, and was shot near the maritime border between Cambodia and Thailand. The letter enfolds in Lim’s dedications to three Khmer migrants involved in the fishing slave trade who returned home to Cambodia after a prolonged absence.


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