The concept is simple: to bring art to the public and to bring the public into the art. Gallery X is a participatory project, comprised of digital portraits and a site-specific installation that engages “everyday” communities in artmaking and artviewing. Specifically, the project continues Studio Revolt’s interest in creating narratives of Cambodians by Cambodians beyond war and poverty. Gallery X is a series of public portraits capturing people caught in a moment between heaven and earth—an exhilarating moment of joy. These “jumpshot” portraits became a way to spread joy amongst artists, participants, and viewers. Gallery X includes 3 basic steps in the project: 1. We select a site where ordinary people engage in everyday activity, sites atypical to artmaking and artviewing. 2. We ask the public to participate in a “jump” photo. 3. We return to the same place and show the participants’ portraits over a 24-hour installation. After the site-specific display, the installation returns to a local gallery space. In Cambodia, the project includes participants from Psar Kandal, a local market in Phnom Penh, and Mosque Dhiya Uddin, a Khmer Islam community in Battambang.
Project conceived and created by Anida Yoeu Ali and Masahiro Sugano (Studio Revolt).