Greetings: it’s a quiet election week but still interesting things to get involved with in Phnom Penh.
On Wednesday night at 7 pm, there will be a screening of Davy Chou’s documentary Golden Slumbers (2011) at Meta House, to be followed with a Q&A by the director. This film a fascinating look at Cambodian film and filmmakers of the 1960s, well worth a look if you’ve not caught it yet.
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Also on Wednesday evening, at 8 pm, Meta House is hosting a piano recital by German pianist Gerd Isselhardt. The programme will include works by the three Bs, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, along with Fischer-Muenster, Bartok and Prokofieff.
A new photo exhibition opens at Chinese House on Thursday at 6 pm: Agua & Achiote: colours of ritual pigments in the Amazon. The photographs, by Cybéle Andrei, examine the body painting traditions of the indigenous of the Amazon, with colours extracted from fruit and seed pigments. The show runs until August 31.
On Saturday morning at 11 am, artist Nou Sary will give a talk at the l’Institute Francais as part of his on-going exhibition Homme et nature (Man and Nature). The talk will be in French, Khmer and English.
For a more hands-on painting experience, Phnom Penh Community College is hosting a double workshop this weekend, Abstract Acrylic Painting in the morning and Cubist Oil Painting in the afternoon, presented by Adriana Snochowska. To book your place contact email@example.com.
Note that Cambodia Living Arts is changing the order of their Plae Pakaa program of traditional arts performances at the National Museum this week: because of the elections on Sunday, the Mak Therng (theater & music) show movees from Saturday 27th to Thursday 25th. Children of Bassac (dance) will be performed on Friday as usual. This is now an all weather venue, by the way, nobody gets wet.
I leave you with a series of links on the activities of Cambodian Living Arts: a visual artists trip to Thailand; a debate on traditional versus contemporary arts by young Khmer artists; and audience reaction after one of the Cambodian American Friendship Concerts on July 3 one, two and three . More available at https://www.facebook.com/Cambodianlivingarts.
Check the on-going listings below for more details.
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|Golden Slumbers, plus Q&A with director Davy Chou, Wednesday 24 at 7 pm at Meta House.
More infoPiano recital by Gerd Isselhardt, Wednesday 24 at 8 pm at Meta House.
Agua & Achiote: colours of ritual pigments in the Amazon. Photographs by Cybéle Andrei, opens at Chinese House on Thursday 25 at 6 pm. Until August 31.
Artist talk by Nou Sary at l’Institute Francais as part of his on-going exhibition Homme et nature (Man and Nature). Saturday, 11 am.
Visit to Cambodia, Cambodian landscape canvases by Chris Abrahams at Meta House. Until end July.
Continuity, Char Printmaking Workshop, RUFA, opening at The Insider Gallery at InterContinental Phnom Penh. Until August 25th.
Homme et nature (Man and Nature) by Nou Sary, at L’Institute francais. Until 31 August. Artist talk this Saturday 27 at 11 am.
This Dog Barking, exhibition of new graphic novel This Dog Barking – The Strange Story of UG Krishnamurti, Nicolas C. Grey and James Farley at Java Cafe and Art Gallery
Until September 1st.
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Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2009. Now exhibiting in three McDermott Galleries located in the Old Market Area, FCC Angkor Complex and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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). Note Saturday show will play on Thursday night this week only.
Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in both Siem Reap and Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
In Siem Reap: at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.