SPEAK. ft. Kosal Khiev

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Canvas Singapore

20 Upper Circular Road

#B1-01/06 The Riverwalk

Singapore, Singapore 058416

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Presale: $15
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Featuring:
Kosal Khiev (b.1980, Kao-I-Dang Refugee Camp)

Kosal Khiev is a poet, tattoo artist, and survivor of the US prison system. Born in a Thai refugee camp, Kosal’s family fled to the U.S in 1981. Kosal’s family left the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge war for the promise of peace and prosperity in America. Instead of the American dream, Kosal’s family lived in grim public housing with scarce social services. Kosal admits to making poor choices as a teenager that led him into more violence, poverty, and eventually prison. At the age of 16, Kosal was arrested in a gang fight and charged with attempted murder. Kosal was tried as an adult and sentenced to 16 years in a state penitentiary. While serving 14 years in prison he discovered spoken word poetry from a former Vietnam War veteran. Spoken word became his creative channel to tell his own story and transform his anger, regrets, and experiences into a poetic art form. Upon release in 2011, the U.S. government deported him to Cambodia, a country he had never seen. Kosal was selected as the first artist-in-residence with Studio Revolt, a media lab that was based in Phnom Penh, where he collaborated on “Spoken Kosal: Verses in Exile,” a series of short films featuring his poetry. He cites Rainer Maria Rilke, Etheridge Knight, Tupac, and Eminem as some of his favorite poets. He has additionally lectured at the Royal University of Phnom Penh on the topic of US immigration and its juvenile detention and prison systems. He hopes one day the U.S. will repeal the unjust deportation law so that families can reunite. Until then, Kosal lives as an exiled American in Phnom Penh where he continues to share his story and art at open mics, universities, and on public stages.

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SPEAK.
SPEAK. lauds the artistry of communication.
SPEAK. inspires humour, compassion and love for the mundane.
SPEAK. is seeing poetry in the routine of life.
Organised by a poetry collective founded on a desire to give people a voice,
SPEAK. is a melting pot for lyricists to mix their innermost voices.
SPEAK. has gilded Singapore’s blossoming Spoken Word scene with a platform for seasoned and burgeoning poets alike.
A vessel for retrospect,
SPEAK. salutes the freedom of speech in a society of repression.
Join the visceral experience.

Canvas Creative Hour ALL NIGHT:
Housepour / Half-Pint Draft Beers: $8 nett
Guinness Draught: 2 for $25
Lychee Martini: $10 nett
Red / White Wine: $10 nett
Singapore Sling: $15 nett
Bucket of 5 Budweiser: $35++

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Canvas Singapore

20 Upper Circular Road

#B1-01/06 The Riverwalk

Singapore, Singapore 058416

Singapore

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