“Injured” is an existential exploration by artist and teacher Srey Bandaul. Building on the philosophical foundations of Buddhism, the artist underscores one of the core concepts that if we let go of fears and desires that our “injuries” would diminsh. Srey says: “Even life is that simple, but a huge number of people are struggling with fears and tiredness because of their desire to be famous, reputable, rich and powerful and to have high level status; and sometimes they dare to invade other people, other countries, nations and other natures. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they fail, but when the end of the life comes everything is melted and lost.”
This work is the result of Srey Bandaul’s residency in New York City through the support of the Asian Cultural Council. It has been realized through the grants program of JavaArts with the support of Van Cleve Fine Arts.
Born in 1973 in Battambang, Cambodia, Srey Bandaul and his family were re-located to the refugee camps during the Khmer Rouge regime where they lived for 13 years. In the camps he acquired multiple language skills and a passion for art. In 1992, after the Paris Peace Agreement, he returned to his homeland and with his fellow artists decided to continue to make art and give others the chance to develop their own creativity, which lead to the establishment of Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang (www.phareps.org), where Bandaul is currently a teacher.