We had the great honor to welcome Alain Kirili and Ariane Lopez-Huici for a conference at VAAS school in Phare at Battambang. For all our students and teachers, this has been a rich opportunity to explore the path of two great artists, listening their dialogue, the force and the tension engaged in their artwork. Their attention for the Khmer traditional sculpture, and their sharp and tender vision about abdstraction and beauty, has spraid some force and some energy in the conference room. “Nothing can stop your creativity!”
យើងមានកិត្តិយសយ៉ាងខ្លាំងដើម្បីស្វាគមន៍លោក Alain Kirili និង Lopez-Huici Ariane សន្និសីទមួយនៅសាលា VAAS នៅហ្វានៅបាត់ដំបង។ សម្រាប់សិស្សនិស្សិតនិងគ្រូរបស់យើងទាំងអស់នេះបានក្លាយជាឱកាសមួយដើម្បីស្វែងរកផ្លូវដែលសម្បូរនៃសិល្បករធំទាំងពីរនេះស្តាប់ការសន្ទនារបស់ពួកគេ, កម្លាំងនិងភាពតានតឹងចូលរួមនៅក្នុងស្នាដៃរបស់ខ្លួន។ យកចិត្តទុកដាក់របស់ពួកគេសម្រាប់ចម្លាក់បុរាណខ្មែរនិងទស្សនៈវិស័យរបស់មុតស្រួចនិងការដេញថ្លៃរបស់ពួកគេអំពីការទាញយកនិងសម្រស់, បានបាញ់កម្លាំងមួយចំនួននិងថាមពលមួយចំនួននៅក្នុងបន្ទប់សន្និសីទនេះ។ “គ្មានអ្វីអាចបញ្ឈប់ការច្នៃប្រឌិតរបស់អ្នក!”
Alain Kirili (born in 1946) is a French sculptor. He is recognized for his post-minimalist abstract sculptures in forged iron and his large-scale public sculptures. His work has subsequently been the subject of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in America and Europe, and has received considerable critical interest from art historians, such as Thierry Dufrêne, Robert C. Morgan, Robert Rosenblum, and Kirk Varnedoe. Alain Kirili lives and works in Paris and New York.
Ariane Lopez-Huici (born August 5, 1945) is a photographer living between New York and Paris. Her work has been successfully presented internationally in institutions – Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Spain, Musee de Grenoble, France, PS1-Moma, USA, French Institute New York, USA, among many others – as well as galeries – AC Project room, NY, Galerie Franck, Paris -. She has received a strong critical interest from prominent art historians and writers, such as Arthur Danto, Edmund White, Yannick Haenel, Julia Kristeva and Carter Ratcliff. Lopez-Huici’s work is focused on the human body, constantly transgressing conventional canons of beauty. To accentuate the shadowy areas of the human adventure, she uses black and white photography marked with a pronounced grain and deep blacks. Her series Aviva, Dalila, and Holly show her passion for Rubenesque bodies.