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Linda Saphan | Art and Cultural Projects | Social Anthropology
Linda Saphan | Celeste Prize

Saphan was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1975. Fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime, Saphan took residence for over two decades in Canada and France. She went on to graduate from the University of Paris in 2007 with a PhD in Social Anthropology and a BA in Khmer Studies.

Saphan's passion for art and her love of Khmer culture has made her one of the most prominent and encouraging voices in the Cambodian art scene. As one of the organizers of the Visual Arts Open festival in Cambodia and a founder and coordinator of the Selapak Neari program, Saphan has supported and helped give exposure to women artists across Cambodia. Additionally, the artist launched the Art Rebels Association (a local association of young artists), and curated a group show of 18 international and Cambodian female artists at the Ministry of Culture.

Saphan's work has been included in several collective exhibitions throughout Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, France, and the US. Today she is living and working in Greenwich Village, New York.