Kumnooh: weekly arts guide for Cambodia week commencing 11th June 2013


Note: readers with little time may appreciate a new section in Kumnooh, In brief: new and returning, an at-a-glance look at the major arts events in Cambodia this week, which now appears after the blurb and before the Ongoing section.

There is only one opening in Phnom Penh this week, but it’s a big one. On Saturday night Meta House hosts the launch of LIFE IS – Snapshots of everyday life in modern day Cambodia, by New York-born-and-raised and now long time Cambodia resident Daniel Rothenberg. From the few pieces I’ve been fortunate to view, it’s a reflection of the spectrum from grind to joy in the daily street life in Cambodia, bright and vivid images of faces and action. The fun starts at 6 pm, with the bonus of music by Sophea and Sophheak Chomroeun (from Phnom Penh band Krom) and Friends from 7 pm.
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Wisdom walks, Daniel Rothenberg.

Returning to l’Institut français this weekend is Le temps d’une histoire, a monthly meeting celebrating stories, tales and children’s literature. A selection of stories across a wide range by Christophe Dellocque, all in French. Saturday at Cinéma de l’Institut français, 15h00.
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In Siem Reap, Phare, the Cambodian Circus is this month holding art workshops to teach basic circus skills. The hour long workshops, small group training with individual circus artists, will be held on 15/16 and 29/30 June. Minimum age 7 years.
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Looking ahead, Ragamuffin’s Celebrate Life dinner series returns on World Music Day, Friday 21 June at 6 pm. The event also includes special performances and a singing workshop. Early bookings are encouraged as spaces are limited and in demand. $10/$6 (for Cambodians). Contact ragamuffinproject [at] hotmail [dot] com or aleak [at] ragamuffinproject [dot] org.
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Also that weekend, artist Dina Chhan returns to Phnom Penh Community College to host another full day of workshops. Sunday 23 June 23 will see workshops on Still Life Oil Painting in the morning and How to Draw with Charcoal in the afternoon. Again, book early to avoid disappointment.
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On the international front, congratulations go to Oeur Sokuntevy on her new exhibition opening in at Utterly Art in Singapore this week: Feeding Cambodia. The show runs from 13 June to 23 June, just in case you’re dropping by. Meanwhile, over at the Bose Archives blog, check out these interviews with emerging Khmer artists Tith Kanitha and Yim Maline, on their residencies in New York as part of the Seasons of Cambodia in Residence programme. And this blog interview with Kathryn Lejeune, a filmmaker whose latest work, Year 33, is a documentary about the arts revival in Cambodia, focusing on the life and work of three young Khmer artists. The trailer looks fantastic.

And this just in: an article in the Siem Reap Insider on a new young painter, Phok Sopheap (AKA Bee), on his residency at The 1961 in Siem Reap.

Make yours a creative week, support an artist near you! And spread the word about Kumnooh, so we can build a better connected and stronger artistic community in Cambodia. Thanks for your ongoing support.

Fabian Hipp


In brief: new and returning…

LIFE IS– Snapshots of everyday life in modern day Cambodia, Daniel Rothenberg, photography exhibition opening at Meta House, Saturday at 6 pm.
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Le temps d’une histoire, celebration of stories in French with Christophe Dellocque, Cinéma de l’Institut français, Saturday at 15h00.
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Circus skills workshops with Phare, the Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap, Saturday and Sunday at 4 pm.
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Ragamuffin’s Celebrate Life dinner and workshops on 21 June – bookings now open.
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Dina Chhan hosting workshops at Phnom Penh Community College, Sunday 23 June 23: Still Life Oil Painting and How to Draw with Charcoal. Bookings now open.
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Quest for Land: photography of Phnom Penh based photographer John Vink with text provided by Robert Carmichael. Meta House (Gallery), Sothearos Blvd. Until 13 June.
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A Thing of Smoke, a collaboration between French Khmer visual artist Séra and American poet Julianne Sibiski, at Romeet Gallery on St 178. Until 26 June.
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Blood and Sand: Phnom Penh based photographer Erika Piñeros examines bullfighting in Colombia. Chinese House, Sisowath Quay. Until end of June.
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Enter, prints, textile-based installations and panoramic concepts by Anida Yoeu Ali, of Studio Revolt, at The Insider Gallery, InterContinental Phnom Penh. Until 30 June.
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Surviving, by emerging Khmer artist Chov Theanly, at Java Gallery & Café on Sihanouk Blvd. Until July 7.
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Sampot: The Collection of Small Things, by Chan Dany, at Sa Sa Bassac on Sotheros Blvd . Until 14 July.
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Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. A Cambodian Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
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Phare, The Cambodian Circus: the famous artists from Phare Ponleu Selpak perform a one hour show every night at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
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One thought on “Kumnooh: weekly arts guide for Cambodia week commencing 11th June 2013

  1. Stephane Delaprée, aka Stef, from Happy Painting Gallery-Cambodge just created 3 huge religious paintings for the château de la Barre ‘s chapel (Loiret, France). Happy paintings described three major catholic theme. The château de la Barre own by Count de Vanssay was built in 1404, and today the château became one of 10 top Hôtel in France. The artwork was created on 400x200cm canvases in phnom penh and shipped to France.

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