Tonight, Tuesday 27 at 7.30 pm, Java Café presents From the Atomic Bomb to Exiles: Creating Modern Fables, a talk by filmmaker Masahiro Sugano (who recently completed the eagerly awaited Kosal Kiev documentary Cambodian Son), “delving deep into his own personal histories … his motivations and process as a filmmaker—as a father, a husband and Japanese.”
On Wednesday 28, a new Conrad Keely-curated exhibition, The City, opens at Showbox Gallery (#11, St 330, Tuol Sleng). “This exhibit seeks to explore the theme of urban living and its complexities – beautiful and ugly, real and imaginary.” Featured artists include Peter Klashorst, David Holliday, Kosal Kiev, Conrad Keely, and Bernadette Vincent. Champagne and fingerfood from 6 pm upstairs at the gallery. Runs until the February 10.
Also on Wednesday 28, at 6.30 pm, Java Café upstairs presents Unity, the celebrated photographic work of Kim Hak, “an intimate and emotional portrayal of a country mourning the death of its former King Sihanouk.”
On Friday 30 at 6 pm, Meta House hosts Save the change? Evolution from Student to Designer, an exhibition showcasing the work of 14 Limkokwing University graduating students in professional design, including videos, animation, typography, graphic design, and photography. The night will include participatory activity with the students.
From Saturday 31 – continuing until the end of February – is PhotoPhnomPenh 2015, which this year features the work of around 20 Cambodian and international photographers, exhibited at ten venues across the city. The opening on Saturday night features a mass tuk-tuk tour of venue spaces (Bophana Center, Java Café, La Plantation, X-Em La Galerie,Romeet Gallery, and Chinese House) – beginning at the French Institute at 2.30 pm. Check out the wide ranging programme at the website: http://ppp.institutfrancais-cambodge.com.
Bophana Center’s Cine Saturday this week is a 29 minute documentary, Cambodia’s other lost city: French Colonial Phnom Penh, that traces the influence of the colonial period on the architecture, planning and aesthetics of Phnom Penh. English language version. 5 pm start.
Also on Saturday 31, SaSa Bassac presents a double opening of exhibitions curated by Roger Nelson. Day by Day, by Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, commences with an artist talk at 5 pm. Rates of Exchange, Un-Compared: Contemporary Art in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, featuringOrawan Arunrak, Makha Sanewong Na Ayuthaya, Tada Hengsapkul, Khvay Samnang,Pen Sereypagna, Pinaree Sanpitak (with Seng Simouy and Sok Chanrado), Jakkai Siributr, Imhathai Suwatthanaslip, and Tith Kanitha, will include an artist talk by four Bangkok artists at 7 pm. In between, at 6 pm, is the official opening for both exhibitions.
For those who recall the contemporary art/history exhibition Jorng Jam at Bophana Center during the Our City Festival last year, this on-going project has established a Facebook page –www.facebook.com/JorngJam – and is celebrating the news that Jorng Jam II will take place this May in Brisbane, Australia, with the original creative team collaborating with the local Cambodian community, thanks to funding from Arts Queensland.
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|Tuesday 27 at 7.30 pm at Java Café, From the Atomic Bomb to Exiles: Creating Modern Fables, a talk by filmmaker Masahiro Sugano (Cambodian Son), “delving deep into his own personal histories … his motivations and process as a filmmaker—as a father, a husband and Japanese.”
Wednesday 28 from 6 pm at Showbox Gallery (#11, St 330, Tuol Sleng), a new Conrad Keely-curated exhibition, The City. Featured artists include Peter Klashorst, David Holliday,Kosal Kiev, Conrad Keely, and Bernadette Vincent. Runs until the February 10.
Wednesday 28 at 6.30 pm at Java Café, presents Unity, the celebrated photographic work ofKim Hak, “an intimate and emotional portrayal of a country mourning the death of its former King Sihanouk.”
Friday 30 at 6 pm, Meta House hosts Save the change? Evolution from Student to Designer, an exhibition showcasing the work of 14 Limkokwing University graduating students in professional design.
Saturday 31, 5 pm at Bophana Centre for Cine Saturday, Cambodia’s other lost city: French Colonial Phnom Penh, a documentary on influence of the colonial period on the architecture, planning and aesthetics of Phnom Penh.
Saturday 31 from 5 pm, double exhibition opening at SaSa Bassac. Day by Day, by Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, and Rates of Exchange, Un-Compared: Contemporary Art in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, featuring many Bangkok and Phnom Penh artists. Artist talks at 5 pm and 7 pm, official openings at 6 pm.
Simone Art Café (93 St, Boeung Kak Lake) presents an exhibition by street artist Anthea Missy, Holographic.
The Insider Gallery at the InterContinental Phnom Penh hosts an exhibition, Alive + Hope, by photographer Kim Hak, in partnership with Sihanouk Hospital of HOPE. Until February 22.
The Teahouse (#32, St 242) presents Collages, a collection of portraits of celebrities by French artist Mario Angel.
Meta House presents a showcase of the latest painting graduates from the Royal University of Fine Arts: Sou Kimsan, Chheng Kimhong, Mom Tola, Im Pisey, Pang Darin, Sum Samnang, Thun Dina, Tep Chanthy, Yi Sophanith, and Uy Sopheaktra.
McDermott Gallery Old Market Siem Reap hosts the Southern Spirits, a new exhibition by Kampot based artist Vincent Broustet.
Phnom Penh: City of Grids, featuring work by Sopheap Pich, Sokhorn Meas, Vollak Kong,Kimhong Chheng, and Sophal Neak, is the first exhibition at The Asia Foundation’s newCommunity Art Gallery at #59, Street 242. The show runs until the end of February. More info
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.
New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, has a continuous exhibition for Small Art School, featuring the work of young aspiring Cambodian artists.
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).
Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in both Siem Reap and Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org