the more you look the more you see

Currently at The Plantation is a new exhibition, Eyes of Cranes, by Chhan Dina.  Unfortunately, the November 28 community event forced cancellation of the opening, but the show has gone on, and you can visit, taking appropriate precautions, daily. 

Like much of her recent work, Dina’s paintings on display are inspired by the natural environment.  “Wherever I go I always look around me, especially at the trees,” she says.  “Young artists often only think about beauty, to make a nice painting.  A water buffalo in the sunset at Angkor Wat.  And of course art work can be beautiful, but it needs to have some meaning.  I may work on the same ideas for many years, I keep coming back to the same themes and subjects, but I never get bored. 

There has been a gradual movement in Dina’s work from capturing humans in activity and in family, over to the natural world, and the same analogous relationships.  “I worked at Friends International, Mith Samlanh, for many years, and I worked with a lot of street kids, and painted a lot of street kids.”  She sees the change as slight.   “Life as a bird is very family-oriented.  They build the nest, they have their babies and feed them, protect them.   When first went to Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, it changed my life.  I felt different.  I saw things in my that I had never seen before.  I was particularly inspired by cranes.   The light, the reflections, can create something unique.” 

After starting small, Dina is now an established artist in Phnom Penh.  “I was 13 years old when I started to draw.  At 17, 18, I became an artist, I had an exhibition at Java Café, people bought my work.  I gave up for a while, maybe one year, then I came back.  I did whatever I wanted to do, because of my youth and freedom.  I kept on going, painting, painting, I like it, because this is what I can do.  And this is what I want to share to young people in Cambodia – to be without art is to have nothing.  It’s something you can share about your own country, your own self.  Can you imagine what life would look like without art, without music?” 

For all the nature painting, Dina’s work is more impressionistic and abstract than naturalist.  “My teacher said paint from your imagination, add something, make it  different.  He said ‘I want to see your brain make something bigger.  First I said, ‘Are you crazy?’  Now I know.  You don’t have to paint just what you see, you can paint your own version.  Think about Salvador Dali – do something strange!  Why does the animal have such long legs?  Why are there stairs going into the sky?  You can do whatever you want in your imagination.” 

Dina sees herself as part of a continuum of centuries of art in Cambodia.  “Angkor Wat inspires me so much, I’m never tired of that.  I see cranes and other carved into the temple walls.  Those generations of artists and my generation are connected.  I am proud to be an artist, and I am proud of my country.  We have something very special.  I love sculpture, and I see the Angkor Wat sculpture – if a take a photo you will forget, but when you see it and remember it, you will never forget.   The Angkor Wat smile has teeth, the apsaras have different faces – not just one artist or two artists, maybe hundreds or thousands of artists at work.  I’m so proud of the art of Cambodia.” 

However it troubles her that artists in Cambodia are often thought of as low status.  “Some Cambodian people think that art is nothing.  Don’t care about art, but care about expensive handbags, expensive sunglasses.  But who designs the bags and the glasses?  Artists.  So how do we get people to respect art?  When  I joined Cambodian Living Arts for one year, I researched art and culture in Cambodia, I went to Thailand, Vietnam, and different places, to see art in museums and galleries.  I’ve also been to museums in Britain and the Netherlands.  I wondered is it local people or tourists who visit?  In Cambodia, only expats buy the art work and place a good value on art.  But there is a lack of support for artists in Cambodia.  Who is going to buy?” 

Dina is a prolific artist, with an enthusiasm to try different media and styles. “I have no patience when I paint.  I always want to be finished, I can’t wait to be finished.  But sometimes it takes time.  And sometimes I paint two at the same time, so that when I cannot move forward because it needs to dry I can move to another one.  Then I break for a while, come back and look at the first and see what new perspective I can bring. 

“When I use ink or I use oil, the results are completely different.  Working in oil takes a long time, while working in ink – a few days and done.  So the techniques are different.  My ink work is different from others who have been working in ink for many years, so my approach creates something new.” 

So as the artist matures, the more you look the more you see?  “Exactly!” 

Eyes of Cranes runs until January 4. 

Howling at the pandemical moon

One of the many responses to the pandemic around the world this year has been a burst of creative and literary works.  This Saturday night at Cloud in Phnom Penh an event organised by the Siem Reap based HOWL Cambodia will celebrate this wave, launching a book, Face Masks & Hand Gels: A year of living COVIDly, a collection put together by Dr Howl himself, along with spoken word contributions from local writers and readers.  The Howl Word Jam is a spoken word format that brings together lovers of words, as creators and also appreciators of poetry and prose.   Dr HowlWayne McCallum – was good enough to answer some of Kumnooh’s questions. 

What was the genesis and inspiration of the HOWL concept?

One of the experiences I enjoyed during my involvement in the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival was discussions and events with fellow writers, publishers and poets. Having moved to Siem Reap in 2017 I had the idea—instead of repeating the festival experience — of using the flexibility of the ‘pop-up’ approach to curate regular ‘word’ events. These could entail anything from a talk with a visiting writer, a poetry workshop, a book launch or an open mic event. In fact anything where the ‘word’ was king (or queen).  

To me, HOWL seemed the perfect name choice and motif for the platform. Not only is it a call that carries from one to another, as words do, but it is also the title of the most famous poem by the influential beat writer, Alan Ginsberg. As inspiration it seemed well chosen, for the words and imaginary Ginsberg evoked in Howl opened up possibilities to how we write, speak — and with the story of the poem’s printing — how we publish. These are all values that I would like HOWL to nurture. Interestingly Ginsberg visited Siem Reap in 1963, his time there inspiring the long-form poem Ankor Wat (sic), a work whose meandering verse suggested that he partook in some local herb before his temple excursions.

Will this be the first HOWL event outside Siem Reap? Are more planned?

I know there has been a HOWL event in Kampot and I was approached about one being organised in Los Angeles, although I do not know if that went ahead. From my perspective, however, anyone can hold a HOWL event. This is the key — I do not see the concept as being owned by me — it’s like the call itself, one wolf howls and then another responses in its own way, the sound, like words, carrying on across terra firma and beyond.

Our next scheduled event after Phnom Penh will be a HOWL Word Jam in Siem Reap in February 2021. Other things tend to ‘pop-up’, which is what the platform is all about.

Siem Reap has obviously been hit harder than most areas in Cambodia during the year of living covidly due to the shutdown of international tourism. At the same time around the world the varied experiences of people during the pandemic has created a need for people to express themselves. Is it fair to say that the collation of Face Masks & Hand Gels is a response to these two intersecting pressures?

In the early days of the pandemic in Siem Reap HOWL chose to dedicate a page of its website to poetic and narrative expressions of the new circumstances. The idea was to give people an opportunity to express their feelings and an outlet for sharing them. With these goals I think it was successful, with different contributors getting back to me to say how cathartic they found the process of putting their feelings into words.

I should point out that contributions to the anthology came from beyond Cambodia – from Japan, Panama and France, as well as my native home, New Zealand.

It is indeed a varied collection, representing established writers as well as inspired amateurs – was it difficult to make the choices about what to include?

I took an ‘analytical’ approach, Google Analytics actually, and looked at what pieces had received the most hits and reading time. I also took a more human approach and included what I enjoyed reading. I also wanted to encourage diversity and delight, so this ensured some additional pieces were included. In the end it was not too difficult to hit on the final writings for submission.

Can you explain the significance of the cover design?

The cover is one for HOWL aficionados, as it is based on the original cover face for the City Lights publication of Ginsberg’s poem.

How will the HOWL Word Jam in Phnom Penh proceed? Is it too late for interested writers and readers to sign up to take part?

The PP event will feature a combination of ‘old souls’ — that is known readers such as Kosal Khiev, Jose Antonio Pineda and Scott Bywater — as well as ‘new voices’; by this I mean newbies to the reading world, who will have the opportunity to perform during the open mic portion of the evening. Typically a Word Jam features three or more sessions, with time between to visit the bar and talk to friends.

We will also dedicate a portion of the evening to readings from the anthology, from the original writers.

People can sign up on the night to read and we are open to all forms of the word, from poetry, fiction or non-, as well as original or non-original pieces. They main caveat is that a piece should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Meanwhile, to encourage ‘new voices’, we will have a prize for ‘Best New Voice’ and ‘Best Khmer Voice’ on the night. Keep on howling . . .

Howl Word Jam and book launch at Cloud, St 9, Phnom Penh, from 7 pm.
Note: Copies of Face Masks & Hand Gels will be available for purchase on the night for the special price of $5.

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 25 August, 2020

Greetings: 

Thursday 27 at The Plantation, the opening of a photographic exhibition, People of the Wakhan, by Joaquin Barata.  “This exhibition portrays a unique journey over high-altitude passes and through colourful nomadic settlements in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan. In this part of the world, little has changed over the last centuries and the harshness of life is reflected onto the faces of the people.”  From 6 pm.
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Friday 28, at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, the opening of I am Nature?, an exhibition by Khchao Touch, featuring both oil on wood and pen on paper.  “Khchao Touch’s practice explores the questions of the origin and purpose of self and it’s in the act of creation where she finds stillness and calmness. Nature is the essence of it. Tribal and organic, intricate, nature-inspired, abstract patterns of Khchao Touch may seem psychedelic in tone, yet they stem from a profound experience of meditation, deeply embedded in the artist’s life and practice.”  From 6 pm.  An artist’s talk will follow on Saturday 29 at 1 pm, with a workshop at 2 pm.
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On Saturday 29 from 6 pm at Sra’Art, the opening of a joint exhibition The Art of Detachment,  by Adana Mam Legros and Roman Koenig.
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Also on Saturday 29, at Good Times X, the new gallery/hostel/rooftop bar on the corner of Sts 19 and 172, a closing eventn for the photographic exhibition, Before the Fall: Phnom Penh 1973 – April 7th, 1975, by Colin Grafton, featuring a blues jam by Colin and friends.  More info

Saturdays in August, Java Tuol Tom Pong presents A new dawn, by dance troup New Cambodian Artists.   Doors open 6.30 pm, tickets $15.  “This piece reflects the past two years of NCA – the travels and performances in and outside of Cambodia. The international teachers and fellow artists we have worked with made us realize contemporary dance is an international language with people from all over the world cooperating together. This piece is an ode to our teachers and influences from Japan to Germany, from Britain to Holland. NCA, the world is our stage.”
More info   

Howl Cambodia is compiling an anthology of words centred on the events and stories of this year, Face Masks and Hand Gels: A Year of Living Covidly. If you would like to submit an original poem or a prose piece (English, 400 words max.), email wayne@songsaa.com for details.
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We note the end of an era with the closure on 31 August of Java Café Independence after 20 years, and wish the continued flourishing of Java at Tuol Kork, Tuol Tom Pong and Futures Factory.  Coming soon is an on-line archive of 20 years of exhibitions here.

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

 



Ongoing….

Exhibitions:  

At Meta House, a joint photographic exhibition, Cambodia before COVID, featuring the work of Steve Porte, Jean Francois Perigois, Thomas Hommeyer and Raphael Pech.  “This exhibition offers a selection of random images by four local photographers, all made prior to March 2020. The goal is simply to illustrate daily life across the country before the onset of COVID-19.”
More info

At Good Times X, the new gallery/hostel/rooftop bar on the corner of Sts 19 and 172, a photographic exhibition, Before the Fall: Phnom Penh 1973 – April 7th, 1975, selected photos from Dancers 1973 and Phnom Penh Before the Fall: Snapshots From a Besieged City by Colin Grafton.
More info

Java Creative Café has declared its Open Walls on-line exhibition open, with works by a variety of artists from the Phnom Penh community.  You can view it here

Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
More info

Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”
More info

Activities:

Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
More info

Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
More info

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 11 August, 2020

Greetings:

Tonight, Tuesday 11 at Meta House, the opening of a joint photographic exhibition, Cambodia before COVID, featuring the work of Steve Porte, Jean Francois Perigois, Thomas Hommeyer and Raphael Pech.  “This exhibition offers a selection of random images by four local photographers, all made prior to March 2020. The goal is simply to illustrate daily life across the country before the onset of COVID-19.”  From 6 pm.
More info

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On Thursday 13 Howl Cambodia is hosting a poetry night/word jam at Miss Wong’s in Siem Reap , featuring Phnom Penh poet Scott Bywater’s northern launch of his new volume the dream orchestra keeps playing the same tune, plus many other contributors.  7 pm start.
More info

On Friday 14, the second edition of #MIRAGEinsight at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, a projection night showcasing work submitted in response to an invitation to digital artists in Cambodia.  “Join us and be moved, surprised, amused, and inspired.”  7 pm and again at 8.30 pm.
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Saturday 15 at Meta House, a night of cinema, poetry and music with RJ Marshall and Antonio Pineda.  “RJ Marshall will premiere a pop video titled Hey You from his new LP 1042 Express, recorded and produced in Phnom Penh at North Sea Music mobile sound studio.   Antonio Pineda will screen a short movie that features him entitled Bumdog and the Bargirl directed by Bumdog Torres, and read from his new novel.   RJ and Frisco Tony will also perform psychedelic rock and originals.”  8 pm.
More info

Saturdays in August, Java Tuol Tom Pong presents A new dawn, by dance troup New Cambodian Artists.   Doors open 6.30 pm, tickets $15.  “This piece reflects the past two years of NCA – the travels and performances in and outside of Cambodia. The international teachers and fellow artists we have worked with made us realize contemporary dance is an international language with people from all over the world cooperating together. This piece is an ode to our teachers and influences from Japan to Germany, from Britain to Holland. NCA, the world is our stage.”
More info  

An Arts and Environment Festival is being held this weekend in Battambang – featuring presentations, workshops and performances.
More info

YouTube channel Cambodia’s Beauty of Life has just released this short multi-language video featuring master painter Chhim Sothy.

Coming soon:

  • The next Thursday Tales event upstairs at The Exchange will be held on August 20
  • Photo exhibition People of the Wakhan by Joaquin Barata opens at The Plantation on August 27.  “This exhibition portrays a unique journey over high-altitude passes and through colourful nomadic settlements in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan. In this part of the world, little has changed over the last centuries and the harshness of life is reflected onto the faces of the people.”

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com



Ongoing….

Exhibitions:  

At Good Times X, the new gallery/hostel/rooftop bar on the corner of Sts 19 and 172, a photographic exhibition, Before the Fall: Phnom Penh 1973 – April 7th, 1975, selected photos from Dancers 1973 and Phnom Penh Before the Fall: Snapshots From a Besieged City by Colin Grafton.
More info

Java Creative Café has declared its Open Walls on-line exhibition open, with works by a variety of artists from the Phnom Penh community.  You can view it here

As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, the gallery presents work by Kok.  “Kok created his pieces by starting from a small dot of paint, putting the thousand of small dots together to create unique pieces full of color and pleasure to the eyes!”
More info

Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
More info

Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”
More info

Activities:

Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
More info

Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
More info 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 4 August, 2020

Greetings:

Friday 7 at Sra’Art Gallery, an art and wine pairing event, from 6 pm.  “Like art, wine can stimulate the senses, inducing certain reactions and evoking very specific sensations to create an emotional experience.”   Ten different wines for $25, limited to 25 participants.
More info

Also on Friday 7, #MIRAGEinsight at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap is a projection night showcasing work submitted in response to an invitation to digital artists in Cambodia.  “Join us and be moved, surprised, amused, and inspired.”  An additional programme will be shown the following week, Friday 14.
More info

Saturdays in August, Java Tuol Tom Pong presents A new dawn, by dance troup New Cambodian Artists.   Doors open 6.30 pm, tickets $15.  “This piece reflects the past two years of NCA – the travels and performances in and outside of Cambodia. The international teachers and fellow artists we have worked with made us realize contemporary dance is an international language with people from all over the world cooperating together. This piece is an ode to our teachers and influences from Japan to Germany, from Britain to Holland. NCA, the world is our stage.”
More info  

On Saturday evening from 6.30 pm, Synapse 1.0, a collaboration between Dopamine KH and Phnom Penh Dance Studio.  “For a few hours you will enter a space that has been specially prepared to stimulate your Synapses in a fun and entertaining way. We focus on bringing different aspect of arts together in one event.”  The event includes live painting, an exhibition by KOK, dance performances and DJs.
More info

Saturday night at Good Times X, the new gallery/hostel/rooftop bar on the corner of Sts 19 and 172, the opening of a photographic exhibition, Before the Fall: Phnom Penh 1973 – April 7th, 1975, selected photos from Dancers 1973 and Phnom Penh Before the Fall: Snapshots From a Besieged City by Colin Grafton.   Gallery talk by Colin at 6.30 pm, followed by a Japanese interpretation by Keiko Kitamura, then music from Blues Routes with special guest Sokim Keat on chapei dong veng.
More info

Coming soon:

  • At Meta House on Tuesday 11, the opening of a joint photographic exhibition, Cambodia before COVID, featuring the work of Steve Porte, Jean Francois Perigois, Thomas Hommeyer and Raphael Pech.  “This exhibition offers a selection of random images by four local photographers, all made prior to March 2020. The goal is simply to illustrate daily life across the country before the onset of COVID-19.”
  • Howl Cambodia is hosting a poetry night/word jam at Miss Wong’s in Siem Reap on August 13, featuring Phnom Penh poet Scott Bywater’s Siem Reap launch of his new volume the dream orchestra keeps playing the same tune
  • The next Thursday Tales event upstairs at The Exchange will be held on August 20

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com



Ongoing….

Exhibitions:  

Java Creative Café has declared its Open Walls on-line exhibition open, with works by a variety of artists from the Phnom Penh community.  You can view it here

Sa Sa Art Projects’ current exhibition, Elements by Mech Choulay & Mech Sereyrath, runs to 7 August.  Viewing available online or gallery visit by appointment.  “The two artists use performance and personal actions in the form of photographs and videos to shed light on the resilience of nature against the destruction caused by humans.”
More info

As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, the gallery presents work by Kok.  “Kok created his pieces by starting from a small dot of paint, putting the thousand of small dots together to create unique pieces full of color and pleasure to the eyes!”
More info

Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
More info

Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”
More info
Activities:

Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
More info

Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
More info

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 7 July, 2020

Greetings:

Friday 10 at Sra’Art Gallery, an art and wine pairing event, from 6.30 pm.  “Like art, wine can stimulate the senses, inducing certain reactions and evoking very specific sensations to create an emotional experience.”   Ten different wines for $25, limited to 25 participants.
More info

Transpersonal Art Therapy is holding introductory group art therapy sessions at Maya Village across the Mekong on Saturday 18 and 25.  “Activities include meditation and expressive activities such as drawing, free writing and movement.”
More info

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap are back to weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday at 6.30 pm.  Seating limited to 12 – bookings advised.
More info

Cloud’s Drink & Draw is back from its social distancing break with limited seating.  Two hours with a live model.   Bookings requested.  Prebooking: $4 (including $1 off your first drink)  Walk-in: $5 (including 1$ off your first drink).  Every Monday.
More info 

Creative Generation and Futures Factory invite Cambodian poets to submit their work for a a public poetry exhibition in response to the COVID-19 global crisis. Deadline is 15 July 2020.
More info

White Canvas Cambodia is a similar competition for Cambodian artists, seeking to increase the growth of the art market of South East Asia.
More info

Coming soon:

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com



Ongoing….

Exhibitions:  

Java Creative Café has declared its Open Walls on-line exhibition open, with works by a variety of artists from the Phnom Penh community.  You can view it here

Sa Sa Art Projects’ current exhibition, Elements by Mech Choulay & Mech Sereyrath, runs to 7 August.  Viewing available online or gallery visit by appointment.  “The two artists use performance and personal actions in the form of photographs and videos to shed light on the resilience of nature against the destruction caused by humans.”
More info


As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, the gallery presents work by Kok.  “Kok created his pieces by starting from a small dot of paint, putting the thousand of small dots together to create unique pieces full of color and pleasure to the eyes!”  From 6 pm.
More info

At Meta House, Everything in its right place, an exhibition by Christopher Bryce Morris Wise.  “I’ve always been drawn to the perplexing mathematics of interpersonal relationships. Recently, I couldn’t help but see everything and everyone as basic shapes – some that fit, some that don’t.  Everyone angular, quartered. These shapes arrange-interact or overlap-in strange geometry. An ever-changing design that becomes a puzzle to solve, a spell to chant mantra-like alone. Solitary and separated, we exist in increasingly isolated spaces – turning inward. The square of an apartment, rectangular bed peeking at a door, the dull glow of screens reduce into even smaller vistas. Life a serrated keyhole that cuts ourselves out or in. We mystify demystification and conjure ourselves: the flat shapes that remain.”
More info

Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
More info

Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”
More info

Activities:

Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
More info

Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap are back to weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday at 6.30 pm.  Seating limited to 12 – bookings advised.
More info

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 30 June, 2020

Greetings:

As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, the gallery presents work by Kok, and on Friday 3 there will be an artist’s talk and Q&A.  From 6.30 pm.
More info

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap are back to weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday at 6.30 pm.  Seating limited to 12 – bookings advised.
More info

Cloud’s Drink & Draw is back from its social distancing break with limited seating.  Two hours with a live model.   Bookings requested.  Prebooking: $4 (including $1 off your first drink)  Walk-in: $5 (including 1$ off your first drink).  Every Monday.
More info

Java Creative Café
has declared its Open Walls on-line exhibition open, with works by a variety of artists from the Phnom Penh community.  You can view it here

Sa Sa Art Projects’ current exhibition, Elements by Mech Choulay & Mech Sereyrath, runs to 7 August.  Viewing available online or gallery visit by appointment.  “The two artists use performance and personal actions in the form of photographs and videos to shed light on the resilience of nature against the destruction caused by humans.”
More info

Creative Generation and Futures Factory invite Cambodian poets to submit their work for a a public poetry exhibition in response to the COVID-19 global crisis. Deadline is 15 July 2020.
More info

White Canvas Cambodia is a similar competition for Cambodian artists, seeking to increase the growth of the art market of South East Asia.
More info

Coming soon:

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com



Ongoing….

Exhibitions:  

As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, the gallery presents work by Kok.  “Kok created his pieces by starting from a small dot of paint, putting the thousand of small dots together to create unique pieces full of color and pleasure to the eyes!”  From 6 pm.
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At Meta House, Everything in its right place, an exhibition by Christopher Bryce Morris Wise.  “I’ve always been drawn to the perplexing mathematics of interpersonal relationships. Recently, I couldn’t help but see everything and everyone as basic shapes – some that fit, some that don’t.  Everyone angular, quartered. These shapes arrange-interact or overlap-in strange geometry. An ever-changing design that becomes a puzzle to solve, a spell to chant mantra-like alone. Solitary and separated, we exist in increasingly isolated spaces – turning inward. The square of an apartment, rectangular bed peeking at a door, the dull glow of screens reduce into even smaller vistas. Life a serrated keyhole that cuts ourselves out or in. We mystify demystification and conjure ourselves: the flat shapes that remain.”
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Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
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Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”
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Activities:

Cloud’s Drink & Draw is back from its social distancing break with limited seating.  Two hours with a live model.   Bookings requested.  Prebooking: $4 (including $1 off your first drink)  Walk-in: $5 (including 1$ off your first drink).  Every Monday.
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Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
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Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
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Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap are back to weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday at 6.30 pm.  Seating limited to 12 – bookings advised.
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Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 23 June, 2020

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Tonight, Tuesday 23 at The Box Office, the Phnom Penh Players are holding a pitch meeting for their next season.  From  7.30 pm.
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On Thursday 25 Meta House presents the second night of International Video Art Fest, screening a selection of video art from the archive at Thailand Media and Arts Festial, from 6 pm on the Meta Balcony.
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This weekend Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap is reopening with two nights of films from the Chaktomuk Short Film Festival 2019Friday 26 is highlights and special mentions; Saturday 27 is the finalists.  CSFF director Sum Sithen will be present to host a Q&A with Cambodian filmmakers.
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As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, on Saturday 27 the gallery presents work by Kok.  “Kok created his pieces by starting from a small dot of paint, putting the thousand of small dots together to create unique pieces full of color and pleasure to the eyes!”  From 6 pm.
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Creative Generation and Futures Factory invite Cambodian poets to submit their work for a a public poetry exhibition in response to the COVID-19 global crisis. Deadline is 15 July 2020.
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White Canvas Cambodia is a similar competition for Cambodian artists, seeking to increase the growth of the art market of South East Asia.
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For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

 

Ongoing….

Exhibitions:  

At Meta House, Everything in its right place, an exhibition by Christopher Bryce Morris Wise.  “I’ve always been drawn to the perplexing mathematics of interpersonal relationships. Recently, I couldn’t help but see everything and everyone as basic shapes – some that fit, some that don’t.  Everyone angular, quartered. These shapes arrange-interact or overlap-in strange geometry. An ever-changing design that becomes a puzzle to solve, a spell to chant mantra-like alone. Solitary and separated, we exist in increasingly isolated spaces – turning inward. The square of an apartment, rectangular bed peeking at a door, the dull glow of screens reduce into even smaller vistas. Life a serrated keyhole that cuts ourselves out or in. We mystify demystification and conjure ourselves: the flat shapes that remain.”
More info

Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
More info

Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute, opens today, Tuesday 16.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”  There will, however, be no public opening due to health security protocols.
More info

Activities:

Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
More info

On Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
More info

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 16 June, 2020

Greetings:

Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute, opens today, Tuesday 16.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”  There will, however, be no public opening due to health security protocols.
More info

Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
More info

The Literati Society of Phnom Penh resumes its monthly meeting for readings this Wednesday at Villa Grange, from 7 pm.

On Thursday 17 Meta House presents the first night of International Video Art Fest, screening a selection of video art from the archive at Thailand Media and Arts Festial, from 6 pm on the Meta Balcony.
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Thursday Tales has been relocated to upstairs at The Exchange, and will occur on the third Thursday each month.  This week’s event will feature photographer Anders Jira, a aerialist performance by Mel Nutter, and Osokuma.
More info

Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
More info

Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
More info

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com


Ongoing….


Exhibitions:  

At Meta House, Everything in its right place, an exhibition by Christopher Bryce Morris Wise.  “I’ve always been drawn to the perplexing mathematics of interpersonal relationships. Recently, I couldn’t help but see everything and everyone as basic shapes – some that fit, some that don’t.  Everyone angular, quartered. These shapes arrange-interact or overlap-in strange geometry. An ever-changing design that becomes a puzzle to solve, a spell to chant mantra-like alone. Solitary and separated, we exist in increasingly isolated spaces – turning inward. The square of an apartment, rectangular bed peeking at a door, the dull glow of screens reduce into even smaller vistas. Life a serrated keyhole that cuts ourselves out or in. We mystify demystification and conjure ourselves: the flat shapes that remain.”
More info

At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
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Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 9 June, 2020

Greetings:

Tonight, Tuesday 9, the opening at Meta House of Everything in its right place, an exhibition by Christopher Bryce Morris Wise.  “I’ve always been drawn to the perplexing mathematics of interpersonal relationships. Recently, I couldn’t help but see everything and everyone as basic shapes – some that fit, some that don’t. Everyone angular, quartered. These shapes arrange-interact or overlap-in strange geometry. An ever-changing design that becomes a puzzle to solve, a spell to chant mantra-like alone. Solitary and separated, we exist in increasingly isolated spaces – turning inward. The square of an apartment, rectangular bed peeking at a door, the dull glow of screens reduce into even smaller vistas. Life a serrated keyhole that cuts ourselves out or in. We mystify demystification and conjure ourselves: the flat shapes that remain.”
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On Saturday 13, upstairs at The Exchange, a one night exhibition by Troy Campbell, Long Train Running.  The evening will include poetry performed by Scott Bywater with audiovisuals from Warren Daly.  From 7 pm.
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Also on Saturday 13, Phnom Penh Players present Where Art They Now, an on-line conversation about art and life featuring PPP alumni from around the world.  Limited seating at The Box Office or tune in via Zoom.
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On Monday 14, Khmer Magic Music Bus presents a discussion about music and emotional healingwith psychotherapist Sotheary Yim, KMMB founder Seyma Thorn, programme manager Phina So and musician Cheuk Samnang, live on Facebook at 6 pm.
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Community Artists is a new effort headed by Chhan Dina to bring artists together in mutual support.  A collection of videos of individual artists is being produced – recently released are Sodavy Suos and Emily Marques.

Coming soon:

  • Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute, from June 16.  There will, however, be no public opening due to health security protocols.
  • Thursday Tales has been relocated to upstairs at The Exchange, and will occur on the third Thursday each month.  June 18 will feature photographer Anders Jira, a performance by Mel Nutter, and Osokuma.  

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com