Born in Cambodia in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge and having grown up in Phnom Penh, Vandy Rattana began his photography practice in 2005. His first works straddled the line between photojournalism and artistic practice.

His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. 

Since the photographic work and documentary Bomb ponds (2009), in which his photos of bomb craters articulate the psychological wounds of Cambodians who survived American carpet bombing between 1964 and 1973, Vandy Rattana has been scanning the idyllic Cambodian countryside with his viewfinders and revealing its traumatic past.

After his first short-film MONOLOGUE (2015), he released the short-film Funeral in 2018, and …far away, over there, the ocean, in 2019. Together, these 3 short films form the MONOLOGUE trilogy.

From 2007 to 2012, he contributed to the creation of art spaces in Cambodia. 

Vandy Rattana is now living in Taiwan. His photography and video works are exhibited and shown worldwide.


2022 – The Monologue Trilogy (screening and talk), 海馬迴 光畫館 Fotoaura Upstairs Cinema, Tainan, Taiwan
2022 – The Monologue Trilogy (screening and talk), OCAC 打開-當代藝術工作站, Taipei, Taiwan
2020 – Walking Through, screening and talk, co-hosted by the Cultural Taiwan Foundation and Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education at Café Philo, Taipei, Taiwan
2020 – Scent of Time, screening and talk, center for art and technology, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.
2018 – Funeral (screening and conference), Institut français du Cambodge, Phnom Penh
2018 – Bomb Ponds, Monologue, Funeral, Galerie Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, France, dans le cadre du Festival Made In Asia
2016 – Working Through, The Cube, Taipei, Taiwan (shown Walking Through, Bomb Ponds photos and documentary, Monologue)
2015 – Monologue, Sasa Bassac Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2015 – Monologue, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2015 – Monologue, CAPC, Bordeaux, France
2013 – Bomb Ponds, Asia Society Museum, New York City, America
2012 – Surface, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2011 – The Bomb Ponds, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2011 – Bomb Ponds, Sàn Art gallery (cancelled due to government restrictions on exhibition licensing), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2010 – The Bomb Ponds, Hessel Museum of Art, New York, America
2009 – Walking Through, Sa Sa Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2007 – Chess, Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2007 – Looking in My Office, Popil Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


2023 – Mori Art Museum 20th Anniversary Exhibition (shown Bomb Ponds)
2022 – Living pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia (shown Bomb Ponds), Collection of National Gallery Singapore
2022 – Trilogie des Cendres (shown …far away, over there, the ocean), Frac des Pays de la Loire, France
2022 – Hypernuit CAPC X FRAC (shown Monologue), Bordeaux, France
2022 – Is it morning for you yet ? (shown Bomb Ponds) Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
2022 – Do we dream under the same sky (shown The Monologue Trilogy), Okayama Art Summit, Japan
2020 – Non-sculpture, light or flewible, Changwon Sculpture Biennale (shown …far away, over there, the ocean), South Korea
2020 – Jeju Biennale (shown The Monologue Trilogy), South Korea
2020 – Busan Biennale (shown Bomb Ponds), Korea
2020 – Stealing Public Space (shown Khmer Rouge Trial), The Substation, Singapore
2019 – Singapore Biennale: every step in the right direction (shown Monologue, Funeral, …far away, over there, the ocean), Singapore Museum of Arts
2019 – screening of Monologue, Making Memory, MCAD, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (shown Monologue), Manila, The Philippines
2019 – Making Memory, Jewish Museum (shown Monologue), Frankfurt, Germany
2019 – The Breathing of Maps (shown Monologue), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan
2019 – Art Encounters Biennial (shown Monologue), Timisoara, Romania
2019 – Biennale Jogja XV (shown Monologue and Funeral), Jogjakarta, Indonesia
2019 – Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (shown Bomb Ponds), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMFA), Taiwan
2019 – 40 ans après, la photographie au Cambodge aujourd’hui (shown Bomb Ponds and Surface), La Filature, Mulhouse, France
2018 – UnAuthorised Medium (shown Bomb Ponds), Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018 – Two Houses: Politics and Histories in the Contemporary Art Collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang (shown Funeral), Lassale College of Arts, Singapore
2018 – Ausstellung »Still Water. Politiken des Wassers« (shown Bomb Ponds), Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany
2017 – Le Paysage après coup (shown Monologue and Bomb Ponds), Galerie Faux Mouvement, Metz, France
2017 – Sunshower, Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (shown Bomb Ponds and Monologue), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2017 – Lines, Borders, Boundaries, and the In-Betweens (shown First High Rise and Boeung Kak Eviction), Yamamoto Gendai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 – Riverrun (shown Monologue / Bomb Ponds), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
2016 – Anywhere But Here (shown Landscape of Time / Surface), Bétonsalon, Paris, France
2016 – New Narratives Film Festival (shown Monologue / Bomb Ponds), Taipei, Taiwan
2016 – From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art (shown Bomb Ponds), New York, USA
2016 – Embedded South(s) (shown Monologue), online exhibition
2016 – Public spirits (shown Bomb Ponds / Monologue), Center for Contemporary Art Ujzadowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
2015 – Today of Yesterday (shown Bomb Ponds / Monologue),Yamamoto Gendai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015 – Time of others (shown Monologue), Museum of contemporary art, Tokyo, Japan
2015 – Documenting as Method: Photography in Southeast Asia (shown Walking Through), Chiang Mai Photo Festival, Thailand
2015 – The Khmer Rouge and the consequences. Documentation as artistic memory work (shown Bomb Ponds and Monologue), Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
2014 – Looking at the Big Blue Sky, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2014 – In the Aftermath of Trauma, Contemporary Video Installations (shown Bomb Ponds), Kemper Art Museum, America
2014 – Medicine to Heal: Cambodian Photography since 2000 (shown Looking in), Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Yunnan, China
2014 – Lost in Landscape, Mart Museum, Italy
2014 – Concept, Context, Contestation: Art and the collective in Southeast Asia, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 – No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia (shown Bomb Ponds), Asia Society, Hong-Kong
2013 – WE=ME (shown Bomb Ponds), Art Center Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 – DOCUMENT (shown Bomb Ponds), Plymouth University Gallery, United Kingdom
2013 – Unknown Forces, Gestures Beyond Surfaces (shown Bomb Ponds video), Tophane-I Amire Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 – Out of Nowhere: Photography in Cambodia, Season of Cambodia, New York City, America
2013 – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Us and Institution / Us as Institution (shown Bomb Ponds), Guangdong Times Museum, China
2013 – Bring the world into the world (shown Bomb Ponds), InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre and Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada
2013 – Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology (shown First high-rise), IFA, Berlin + Stuttgart, Germany
2013 – Welcome to the Jungle, Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art Museum (shown Bomb Ponds), Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
2012 – Between Fantasy and Reality, Photography from Cambodia (shown First High-Rise), The East Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2012 – Traces, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok
2012 – Poetic Politic (shown Bomb Ponds), Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, America
2012 – Bomb Ponds Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Netherlands
2012 – dOCUMENTA 13, “The Brain” (shown Bomb Ponds), Kassel, Germany
2012 – Bomb Ponds, Eigen+Art Lab, group exhibition, Berlin, Germany
2012 – The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art (shown Bomb Ponds), Kiev Biennale, Ukraine
2012 – Rupture and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
2012 – Documentaries (shown Bomb Ponds), Saint Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2012 – Bomb Ponds, collective exhibition at Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2012 – Bomb Ponds, collective exhibition “Paradise Lost” at 2902 Gallery, Singapore
2011 – Between Utopia and Dystopia, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico
2011 – Institution for the Future, Asia Triennial Manchester II, Chinese Art Center, Manchester, United Kingdom
2011 – Signature Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2011 – Paradise Lost II, 2902 Gallery, Singapore
2011 – Big Eyes, Sa Sa Art Gallery, Phnom Penh; Cambodia
2009 – Fire of the year, The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6), Brisbane, Australia
2009 – TADAIMA, Looking for Sweet Home, Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art at Kyushu University, Japan
2009 – Magnetic Power, Group exhibition organized by Asean-Korean Center, Seoul, Korea
2009 – Intro : group exhibition of Stiev Selepak (Art Rebels), SaSa Art gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2009 – Forever Until Now: Contemporary Art From Cambodia 10 Chancery gallery, Hong Kong
2009 – Chobi Mela V International Photography festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2008 – Strategies from within, Contemporary Arts Practice, Ke center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China
2008 – Transformation, group travelling exhibition of Cambodian and US artists, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and California, USA
2008 – The Contemporary Art of Korea, Japan and the U.S.A – Difference and Coexistence, ASTO Museum of Art, Wrightwood, California, America
2008 – Gwanghwamoon International Art Festival, Korea and The First Gallery Avenue, Beijing, China
2008 – Road : group travel art exhibition in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Mekong Art and Culture Project)
2008 – Art of Survival, group art exhibition, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2007 – Art rebels, group photo exhibition, John Mcdermott Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2006 – Self-portraits, group exhibition, Noorderlicht, the Netherlands
2005 – Looking In, group exhibition, Popil Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


2022 – Le Paysage après coup, Les presses du réel
2017 – Le Paysage après coup, colloque, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France
2016 – Photography in Southeast Asia, A Survey, NUS Press Singapore, Zhuang Wubin
2015 – Artist Residency (three months), AIT, Tokyo, Japan (May – July)
2015 – MONOLOGUE (publication of the text of the short-movie in EnglishFrench and Khmer, introduction by Erin Gleeson), Les presses du réel
2014 – Photography Today, Phaidon
2013 – In Conversation with Leeza Ahmady, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, America
2013 – Season of Cambodia Artist residency (two months), Governor’s Island, New York (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council + In Residence)
2013 – Phnom Penh Das Verschwinden Verhindern, book of the exhibition Rescue Archaeology (Germany)
2011 – UNFIXED Photography and Postcolonial Perspective on Contemporary Art (book, 2012), The Netherlands
2010 – Co-Founder, Sa Sa Art Project, The Building, Phnom Penh
2009 – “Long March Education – Ho Chi Minh Trail Project” Residency, Beijing, China
2008 – One-week photography workshop with Antoine D’agata, Magnum photographer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2008 – “Silence” one-week photography workshop with Beat Presser, Swiss photographer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2006 – “Another Asia”, book of Noorderlicht exhibition
2006 – Photojournalism workshop sponsored by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and World Press Photo, Manilla, the Philippines


Reflections on Trauma and Resistance in Vandy Rattana’s Monologue Trilogy, Andrea Fam (Singapore Art Museum Assistant Curator) in Terremoto (2020)
My Art Guides website (2019)
Cambodia Here and Now (2019)
Can time kill all the atrocities (2019)
Dossier de presse Château d’Eau (2018)
ParisArt (2018)
HuffPost (2017)
History, Loop and Restructuring, No Man’s Land (2016)
Taipei Times (2016)
Speech, the Still Image, and their Silent Returns in Vandy Rattana’s Monologue by PhD Pamela N. Corey (London SOAS) in Hypotheses (2015)
Blog Les lunettes rouges, Le Monde (2015)
Slash (2015)
Video portrait, Magazine du Jeu de Paume (2015)
Highlight: Fire of the Year (2014)
Ocula contemporary art website
Poetic Politic (2012), curated by curator Zoe Butt at KADIST
Punctum Asia (2012)
Guggenheim Museum website’s artist page


2013 – Nominee, The 2013-14 Sovereign Asian Art Prize
2013 – Nominee, The Rockefeller Foundation’s 2014 Bellagio Center Creative Artist Fellows Program
2011 – Signature Art Prize, Asia-Pacific’s top 15 finalists (Singapore Art Museum)
2010 – Top 10 Museum Shows for 2010, Art Asian Pacific Almanac (The Bomb Ponds, Hessel Museum, NY)
2009 – Nominee, Prix Pictet “Earth”
2009 – Society of Publishers in Asia, SOPA – Excellence in News Photography for the report on Beoung Kok Lake land eviction (for The Phnom Penh Post)
2009 – Finalist at The Sovereign Asian Art Prize (“Fire of the Year”), top 30.


2010 – Photographer for the magazine Causes Communes of the association La Cimade, France
2009 – Staff photographer for Ka-Set, an independent online news website based in Cambodia
2008 – Worked for English local newspaper Phnom Penh Post
2008 – Two-week photo assignment for Australian Red Cross covering Water Sanitation and other programmes in Cambodia and Laos PDR


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