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សំសុភ័ក្ត្រ Sopheak Sam (b. Khao-I-Dang, Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand) is an artist whose research traces affect, desires, and intimacies across historical movements within the Cambodian/U.S. diaspora to articulate figurations of postwar subjectivity, queer hauntings, and Buddhist melancholia. Sam works expansively in painting, printmaking, drawing, video, and installation.

From 2022 to 2023, Sam lived and worked in Thailand as a U.S. Fulbright Student Researcher affiliated with the Department of Media Arts and Design at Chiang Mai University . Through experimental ethnography, they explored the politics of belonging in kantreum musical arts in Surin province (and Lower Isan), along the Thai-Cambodian border. Positing kantreum as an enduring intermediary of cultural past and present, Sam observed its trajectory renegotiating identity claims within contentious spaces of citizenship, heritage, and language rights. Sam’s focus on kantreum and Northern Khmer indigeneity is part of their longstanding interests in legacies of cultural labor, nation-building, war and refuge, and border conflict in contemporary mainland Southeast Asia.

Sam is a naturalized American citizen and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts (ancestral homeland of the Pawtucket and Wamesit communities). Sam is currently an MFA candidate in visual arts at Cornell University, where they’re an affiliate of the Southeast Asia Program ↗.

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Khao-I-Dang Holding Center, Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo, Thailand. Personal archives, 1991-92. Courtesy of the artist.













Sopheak Sam Logo with floral line graphic  

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