Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 25 November, 2014

Greetings all,

Here’s a week where the theme encourages celebration of both the rising of the new and the resilience of the old, and the mixing of the in betweens.

Tonight, Tuesday 25 at 6.30 pm, Romeet Gallery is hosting the launch of 20 Years, 20 Portraits, a new book celebrating the 20 years of Battambang-based arts organisation Phare Ponleu Selpak, best known for its circus school. Through personal profiles and stories of students and staff, the book tells an inspiring tale of renewal. The evening will include an introduction by artist and PPS co-founder, Srey Bandaul, book signings by photographer Régis Binard, and a solo circus performance by Dara, one of the profiled students.
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Meanwhile, also tonight, Tuesday 25 at 6.30 pm, and only a few blocks away, celebrate a new beginning: the official opening of The Asia Foundation’s Community Art Gallery at #59, Street 242. The first exhibition, entitled Phnom Penh: City of Grids, is a group show featuring work by Sopheap Pich, Sokhorn Meas, Vollak Kong, Kimhong Chheng, and Sophal Neak. The show runs until the end of February.
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On Wednesday 26, SaSa Bassac (#182E Sothearos Blvd ) presents a discussion between Fernando Aceves Humana and Chan Vitharin: Artists + Archaeologists / Mexico + Cambodia. This event coincides with the closing of the current exhibition Xilitla by Albert Samreth which approaches an abstracted comparison between the ruins of Xilitla, Mexico and Angkor, Cambodia. A bi-lingual event with simultaneous interpretration, from 6.30 pm.
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Also on Wednesday 26, the monthly Open Stage poetry night at Java Café features Ghanaian writer and poet Mercy Ananeh-Frempong and Philip Sen. As usual, the featured reading is preceded by a writers’ meet up at 6 pm, and followed by poetry open mic.
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The new Cambodian contemporary arts publication, MILK magazine holds its official Phnom Penh launch party at Simone Bistro & Art, a new café in the old Boeng Kak lakeside area, on Saturday 29, with music and live art.
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Commencing on Saturday 29 up in Siem Reap, the 10th Angkor Photo Festival is an international event that attracts photographers from all over the world, with the whole city decked out with photographic work. There’s far too much going on to do it justice in a few lines: check it all out at http://angkor-photo.com.

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…
Tuesday 25 at 6.30 pm at Romeet Gallery, the launch of 20 Years, 20 Portraits, a new book celebrating the 20 years of Battambang-based arts organisation Phare Ponleu Selpak. Introduction by artist and PPS co-founder, Srey Bandaul, book signings by photographer Régis Binard, and a solo circus performance by Dara.
More infoTuesday 25 at 6.30 pm, the official opening of The Asia Foundation’s Community Art Gallery at #59, Street 242. The first exhibition, Phnom Penh: City of Grids, features work by Sopheap Pich, Sokhorn Meas, Vollak Kong, Kimhong Chheng, and Sophal Neak. The show runs until the end of February.
More info

Wednesday 26 from 6.30 pm, SaSa Bassac (#182E Sothearos Blvd ) presents a discussion between Fernando Aceves Humana and Chan Vitharin: Artists + Archaeologists / Mexico + Cambodia.
More info

Wednesday 26, the monthly Open Stage poetry night at Java Café features Ghanaian writer and poet Mercy Ananeh-Frempong and Philip Sen. The featured reading is preceded by a writers’ meet up at 6 pm, and followed by poetry open mic.
More info

Saturday 29, new Cambodian contemporary arts publication MILK magazine official Phnom Penh launch party at Simone Bistro & Art, in the old Boeng Kak lakeside area, on with music and live art.
More info

Commencing on Saturday 29 up in Siem Reap, the 10th Angkor Photo Festival is an international event that attracts photographers from all over the world, with the whole city decked out with photographic work. There’s far too much going on to do it justice in a few lines: check it all out at http://angkor-photo.com.

Ongoing….

Meta House hosts Southern Spirit, a new exhibition by Kampot-based artist Vincent Broustet.
More infoAlso at Meta House, Happy Go Luck, a new photographic exhibition by Hong Kong expat LaFrenais Vidler, examining street life in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong.
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At Romeet Gallery, an exhibition of two new major installation works by Battambang based artist Srey Bandaul. Under the Sarong examines gender relationships in Cambodian society; Site 2 revisits a Thai border refugee camp.
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Chinese House presents Glorious Numbers, an exhibition of paintings by Em Riem inspired by those numbered and photographed by the Khmer Rouge.
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Bophana Center hosts the official opening of an exhibition of photography and poetry presented by AEC-Foyer Lataste, a Franco-Khmer child protection and education NGO, examining “another side of humanitarian action, seen as an intercultural encounter.” Still and moving images are joined by poems in Khmer, English, Japanese and French.
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Institute français presents The Silent Life, a exhibition of works by French artists Chloé Jarry and Adrien Guigon, who are sharing a one-month creative residency in Cambodia, along with work produced by students from the Royal University of Fine Arts.
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Happy Paintings, by Stef (French Canadian artist Stéphane Delaprée) at The Plantation.
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Art and Silk – Structure Form Color, by German photographer Arjay Stevens, at The Insider Gallery at the InterContinental Hotel, examining Cambodian silk weaving.

XiLiTLA at Sasa Bassac (2nd Floor, #18 Sothearos Boulevard), by Albert Samreth, a show inspired by the Mexican town Xilitla, home to Las Pozas, a scultpure garden founded by English surrealist Edward James. Until November 29.
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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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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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