Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 17 February, 2015

Greetings all,

On Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19, Meta House is hosting a series of screenings of Cambodia documentaries from the 80s and 90s, presented personally, with Q&A sessions, by filmmaker David A. Feingold. Waiting for Cambodia, and Return to Year Zero? screen on Wednesday, then Inside the Khmer Rouge and Silent Sentinels, Coward’s War on Thursday – both nights commence at 7 pm.
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In Siem Reap on Thursday 19, the fortnightly participatory Spoken Arts night at KARMA Café- Bar. Poets, performers, MCs, musicians and people with ears are invited from 8pm.
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On Friday 20 at 6 pm, Meta House presents the opening of Khmer, A Portrait, an exhibition by Canadian photographer Blair McDougall. He writes: “I wanted to isolate the subject but still maintain a subtle connection to their surroundings. I feel that this allows the viewer to create a narrative of their own in most cases which, by default (I think), makes it more interesting and/or personal.”
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At Meta House on Saturday 21 at 7 pm is a screening of the 2014 documentaryAngkor’s Children, a telling of the cultural and artistic renaissance in contemporary Cambodia, focusing on young Cambodian women: a singer of Buddhist poetry, a circus artist and the Messenger Band, a protest singing group formed former garment workers. The evening will feature a Q&A with the artists featured in the film.
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On the afternoon of Sunday 22, a chance to take a cyclo tour of the buildings of major Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann, whose style defines 1960s Phnom Penh architecture, including University buildings and Olympic Stadium. Hosted by Khmer Architecture Tours. $15 per person. Reservations required, email contact@ka-tours.org.
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While on the topic of Vann Molyvann, an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign has been recently established for The Man Who Built Cambodia, an independent documentary bylittleBIG Films. You can read all about it here. And there’s more about efforts to save the Vann Molyvann legacy here.

To finish the week, a special Chinese New Year concert at Meta House on Sunday 22 at 8 pm, works of Bach and Chopin performed by Steve Retallick (Cello) and Etienne Chenevier (Piano). USD10/USD3. Free wine and soft drinks!
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For a more rock’n’roll 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 18 at 7 pm at Meta House, filmmaker David A. Feingold presents 1980s documentaries Waiting for Cambodia, and Return to Year Zero?
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Thursday 19 at 7 pm at Meta House filmmaker David A. Feingold presents 1990s documentaries Inside the Khmer Rouge and Silent Sentinels, Coward’s War.
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Thursday 19 at 8 pm, Spoken Arts night at KARMA Café- Bar in Siem Reap.
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Friday 20 at 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of Khmer, A Portrait, an exhibition by Canadian photographer Blair McDougall.
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Saturday 21 at 7 pm, Meta House hosts a screening of the 2014 documentary Angkor’s Children, a telling of the cultural and artistic renaissance in contemporary Cambodia, focusing on young Cambodian women, plus Q&A with the artists featured in the film.
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Sunday 22 at 2.30 pm, a cyclo tour of the buildings of major Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. Reservations required, email contact@ka-tours.org.
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Sunday 22 at 8 pm at Meta House, a special Chinese New Year concert featuring the works of Bach and Chopin performed by Steve Retallick (Cello) and Etienne Chenevier (Piano). USD10/USD3. Free wine and soft drinks!
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Ongoing….

Meta House presents an installation by artist Ingrid Heuser:Group Picture – holes in people are for breathing or from shooting.
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Showbox Gallery presents Faces of India, a photographic exhibition by Kaztet Dee.
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Java Café, 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.”
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At the French Institute and spreading all over Phnom Penh until the end of February, PhotoPhnomPenh 2015. Check out the wide ranging programme at the website: http://ppp.institutfrancais-cambodge.com.
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SaSa Bassac presents a parallel exhibitions: 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.
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Simone Art Café (93 St, Boeung Kak Lake) presents an exhibition by street artist Anthea Missy, Holographic.
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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.
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McDermott Gallery Old Market Siem Reap hosts the Southern Spirits, a new exhibition by Kampot based artist Vincent Broustet.
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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 new Community Art Gallery at #59, Street 242. The show runs until the end of February.
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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 theNational 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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