Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 4 August, 2015

Greetings,

On Thursday 6 at Cabaret Restaurant, Dipika Kohli hosts a conversation-led garden party, Hello August, from 5 pm, followed by a jazz duo at 7.30 pm. $5 entry. Tickets and FAQs: gum.co/helloaugust
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Up in Battambang on Friday 7 at Sammaki Gallery, the opening of Life is Suffering, featuring sketches by Lous Piseth. More information to come – keep an eye on www.facebook.com/sammakibtb.

At Meta House on Saturday 8, two video art presentations. At 6 pm, South African artist Minnette Vari will present selected works, which range from ink drawing to video installations, “work that examines the discomforts and desires at the heart of personal, political and historical narratives.” Khmer translation will be provided. This will be followed at 8.30 pm by the premiere of David Rylands’ Cambodia (2015, 30 min), the work of a electroacoustic composer and artist based in Brisbane, Australia that “explores the connection between everyday activity and a sense of belonging through engagement with place.” The sound and video was gathered throughout Cambodia during March 2015.
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On Sunday 9, Khmer Architecture Tours offers a public architecture tour, Central Phnom Penh by Cyclo. “A historical introduction to the urban planning of Phnom Penh and its colonial and religious architecture.” $15 per person including cyclo transport. Reservations required, email contact@ka-tours.org, leaves from the Post Office at 8.30 am.
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Kumnooh notes the imminent closure of Romeet Gallery, that since 2011 has provided an opportunity for showcasing the works of Phare Ponleu Selpak artists. The work will continue, but PPS says it “wants to take this chance to develop new projects that provide the best possible opportunities to a new generation of talented, motivated students.” The final exhibition, Last but not least, continues until August 14.


In brief: new and returning…


On Thursday 6 at Cabaret Restaurant, Dipika Kohli hosts a conversation-led garden party, Hello August, from 5 pm. Tickets and FAQs: gum.co/helloaugust
More info

Up in Battambang on Friday 7 at Sammaki Gallery, the opening of Life is Suffering, featuring sketches by Lous Piseth.
More info

At Meta House on Saturday 8 at 6 pm, South African artist Minnette Vari will present selected works, which range from ink drawing to video installations.
More info

At Meta House on Saturday 8 at 8.30 pm, the premiere of David Rylands’ Cambodia (2015, 30 min), the work of a electroacoustic composer and artist based in Brisbane, Australia featuring sound and video gathered throughout Cambodia during March 2015.
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On Sunday 9, Khmer Architecture Tours offers Central Phnom Penh by Cyclo. $15 per person including cyclo transport. Reservations required, email contact@ka-tours.org, leaves from the Post Office at 8.30 am.
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Ongoing….


Java Café presents Scar, the result of an impromptu residency by Chath Piersath that involved the reworking of old paintings and creation of entirely new pieces. Until September 4
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Bophana Center presents a photographic exhibition Cambodia Green Will, raising awareness and encouraging the idea of green economy.
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Artillery Café, on Street 240 ½ presents a new exhibition by cartoonist John Weeks, Kingdom of I Wonder.
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At Palm Tours and Travel Café on St 278 (opposite the old Equinox), rookie painter Anthony Mrugacz’s exhibition Imperfection – Flowers in Motion.
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The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242) hosts No Boundaries, featuring the work of ten artists, five Cambodian (Kong Vollak, Chhin Taingchhea, Prom Vichet, Pen Robit, Nov Cheanick) and five Indonesian (Antonius Kho, Diyano Purwadi, Ipong Purnama Sidhi, Lenny Ratnasari Weichert, Tiarma Sirait), a co-display with Java Café. Until September 22.
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Romeet Gallery presents Phare Celebration; last but not least, a group exhibition of work by several Phare Ponleu Selpak artists, designed in the form of a family album. Until August 14.
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Lotus Gallery in Battambang (#53, St 2.5) presents Women by Women featuring artworks by Chhan DinaBernadette Vincent and Anna Sudra.
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Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hosts Wonders of 1929, a collection of vintage photographs of Cambodia, the work of Georges Portal, a French actor and director.
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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 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor 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. Friday is a dance show, Saturday opera, and Sunday large shadow puppets. 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 adult ballet, yoga and Bollywood style.  For more info contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com

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