In The City in Time, Pamela N. Corey provides new ways of understanding contemporary artistic practices in a region that continues to linger in international perceptions as perpetually “postwar.” Focusing on art from the last two decades, Corey connects artistic developments with social transformations as reflected through the urban landscapes of Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. As she argues, artists’ engagements with urban space and form reveal ways of grasping multiple and layered senses and concepts of time, whether aligned with colonialism, postcolonial modernity, communism, or postsocialism.
The City in Time traces the process through which collective memory and aspiration are mapped onto landscape and built space to shed light on how these vibrant Southeast Asian cities shape artistic practices as the art simultaneously consolidates the city as image and imaginary. Featuring a dynamic array of creative productions that include staged and documentary photography, the moving image, and public performance and installation, The City in Time illustrates how artists from Vietnam and Cambodia have envisioned their rapidly changing worlds.
Pamela N. Corey is assistant professor of art and media studies at Fulbright University Vietnam.
"Corey’s masterful monograph will be a must-read not only for Documenta visitors but also for anyone interested in global contemporary art and South East Asia."
~South East Asia Research
"It is valuable asset to any syllabus of Southeast Asian contemporary art history to inspire new writings."
~Art & Market
"This book invites a reflection on the affective shaping of our spatiotemporal experience of living in cities, thereby appealing to scholars in landscape studies as well as art researchers who will enjoy the original and eloquent critique of a very gratifying selection of artworks."
~Journal of Vietnamese Studies