Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 9 September, 2014

Greetings all,

A new exhibition opens upstairs at Java Cafe’s on Wednesday 10 at 6.30 pm. Inverted Sewer comprises new paintings by Meas Sokhorn, a bright red return exploring the surface and the undercurrents of Phnom Penh life.
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On Thursday 11 at Meta House, two recent Cambodian documentaries, Break the Silence (2013) and Even a bird needs a nest (2012), will be screened, to be followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and human rights activist Tep Vanny. From 7 pm.
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Back to back exhibitions featuring Thai artists open this week. On Thursday 11, at 6:30pm, at Samai Distillery (St 830 & Sothearos), Age, works by Padungphon Rincom on the nature of time; followed on Friday 12 at 6.30 pm at Chinese House by Aranya, works by Aranya Khunchawattichai, dwelling on childhood and growing up.
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From Age                                                 From Aranya

Kicking off on Friday 12 is the inaugural Phnom Penh International Film Festival: ten days of screenings, 70 brand new independent films representing everywhere from Italy to Iran, Canada to Cyprus, Singapore to Sweden, Ecuador to Korea. Meta House hosts the opening, then screenings are dispersed amongst the The Flicks 1, 2 and 3 until Sunday 21. Opening night includes three features, including Scars of Cambodia by Alexandre Liebert and Emilie Arfeuil.
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At Cine Club at Bophana Center on Saturday 13, the guests are young Cambodian filmmakers who took part in the Filmcamp Trip Short Festival 2014 organised by Kon Khmer Koun Khmer. The screenings will be in the original version with EN subtitles and followed by discussion with the producers in English and Khmer. From 2 pm.
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To close this week, a request from a Kumnooh reader: the painting below was purchased in 2012 in a Phnom Penh workshop, signed Kit 13. The artist produced abstracts like the example, and also painted more realistic-styled Cambodian faces. If anyone recognises the work, or can offer a lead as to how the purchaser could make contact and purchase more paintings, please reply to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

This is only part of the story: for a more musical flavour of Phnom Penh, make sure you follow weekly gig guide LengPleng.com as well.

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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In brief: new and returning…
Wednesday 10 at 6.30 pm, upstairs at Java Cafe: Inverted Sewer comprises new paintings by Meas Sokhorn, a bright red return exploring the surface and the undercurrents of Phnom Penh life.
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Even more infoThursday 11 at 7 pm at Meta House, two recent Cambodian documentaries, Break the Silence (2013) and Even a bird needs a nest (2012), will be screened, to be followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and human rights activist Tep Vanny who is featured in the latter doco.
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Thursday 11 at 6.30 pm at Samai Distillery (St 830 & Sothearos): exhibition opening for Age, works by Thai artist Padungphon Rincom on the nature of time.
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Friday 12 at 6.30 pm at Chinese House, exhibition opening for Aranya, works by Thai artist Aranya Khunchawattichai, dwelling on childhood and growing up.
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Friday 12: opening night for the inaugural Phnom Penh International Film Festival. Opening night at Meta House includes three features, including Scars of Cambodia by Alexandre Liebert and Emilie Arfeuil. Subsequent screenings are at The Flicks 1, 2 and 3, until Sunday 21.
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Saturday 13, Cine Club at Bophana Centre features films from Filmcamp Trip Short Festival 2014 organised by Kon Khmer Koun Khmer, followed by discussion with the producers in English and Khmer. From 2 pm.
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Ongoing….
A new exhibition of works by Em Riem is currently on display in the Lotus Pond Gallery at The Plantation (St 184). Hello Sally! features 17 abstract works.
More infoRomeet Gallery (St 178 near St 19) presents a multi-disciplinary exhibition Time to think featuring work by Anida Yoeu Ali, Sou Sophy, Oeur Sokuntevy, Linda Kert, Tes Vannorng, Khchao Touch and Sao Sreymao.

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At Le Saint Georges, tapas bar and restaurant (#111, St 136), Phnom Penh Streets by DownTown Collective, a photography exhibition featuring works by Jean-Francois Perigois and Jason Sacchettino.
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Lightbox, in Kampot, hosts Move Kampuchea, featuring photographic portraits, with local students of Mayibuye Cambodia acting as photographers and subjects, in a large-scale, black & white format is produced collaboration with international street art initiative, the Inside Out Project. Currently open by appointment: please contact Katharina at k.glynne [ at ] lightboxart.org to visit.
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Passion for Arts exhibition at Palate Angkor Restaurant and Bar in Siem Reap, is comprised of 45 paintings by 14 students of the Small Art School. Runs until October 31.

The Shinta Mani Market at Shinta Mani Hotel in Siem Reap features lots of arts, crafts for sale, as well as traditional performances. Every Saturday and Sunday 4pm – 9pm.

3 NGO’s 1 teacher exhibition at Joe to Go cafe and restaurant in Siem Reap. A super cute exhibition of children’s artwork from three different NGOs.

Old Retold at 1961 CoWorking Lab in Siem Reap. An eclectic exhibition of contemporary artworks and South East Asian antiques.

New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, has a continuous exhibition for Small Art School, featuring the work of young aspiring Cambodian artists.
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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.
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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 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.
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In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
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DanceWorldCambodia offers classes in lyrical contemporary, commercial jazz and pop, hip hop and breakdance. Hotel Cambodiana Studio (via Physique Gym club reception). For more details contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com
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