Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 18 August 2015

Greetings,

Commencing today, Tuesday 18, at Bophana Center is Crossed views on Cambodia, a group exhibition by nomadic artist Ricardo Casal and seven young Cambodian artists: Im Pesey, Sou Kimsan, Thun Dina, Nhem Sopheap, Seng Visal, Tep Chanty and Tola Morm. Casal has been working in Cambodia since 2012, and takes this opportunity to share both his work and that of a group of artists who have recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. A cocktail reception with the artists will be held on Friday 4 September.
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Also tonight, Tuesday 18, at 6 pm, Meta House presents an exhibition of vintage Cambodian record cover art, provided by the Cambodian Vintage Music Archive, a group dedicated to the preservation and digitisation of pre-1975 Cambodian music releases. Exhibition runs until August 25.
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At Meta House on Friday 21 from 7 pm, a film night dedicated to the preservation of Cambodia’s architectural heritage, in cooperation with Sa Sa Bassac gallery and the Vann Molyvann Summer School.  Screenings include Concrete Visions, Building, Colonial Houses in Battambang, and a trailer for the upcoming documentary The Man who built Cambodia.
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On Friday 21, Phnom Penh takes part in an international environmental art exhibition, the Second Terrain Biennial, based in Chicago. The front balcony space of a Khmer apartment is hosting a mobile made out of litter. “Trash Talkers is a group of Phnom Penh primary, high school and university students, who observe issues in their community then research, question and discuss how to better care for their environment. They can often be found taking action in reducing trash in their neighborhoods by transforming garbage into art.”  The mobile will be found hanging at #29 Street 173, 1.5 blocks directly west of the Russian Market.
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On Friday 21 at 6.30 pm at Bophana Center, a special lecture in Khmer by Professor Thuy Chanthourn, about the use and development of iron and stone technologies in ancient Cambodia, and their use in weaponry, arts and architecture.
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This Saturday 22, Phnom Penh Community College presents a double art workshop: Still Life Oil Painting in the morning and Abstract Oil Painting in the afternoon. The presenter is France Damon, who previously presented acrylic painting workshops earlier in the year. Bookings essential.
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Following other recent street art events in Phnom Penh in recent years, Passerelles numériques Cambodia (PNC) is opening its campus for Street art in my school for the weekend Saturday 22 and Sunday 23. The event will feature developing Khmer artists Koy and Davido, and accomplished British artist, Victor Blanco.
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On Sunday 23 at 8.30 am, Khmer Architecture Tours presents a public architecture tour featuring the White Building, the 100 Houses and Doctor’s villa. Reservations required, email contact@katours.org.

Also on Sunday 23, Java Café is opening its new venue in Tuol Kork, with a special celebration, from 5 pm. The Tuol Kork venue will continue Java’s programme of art, music and design in support of Cambodian arts at #20A, Street 337.
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In brief: new and returning…


From Tuesday 18 at Bophana Center, Crossed views on Cambodia, a group exhibition by nomadic artist Ricardo Casal and seven young Cambodian artists: Im Pesey, Sou Kimsan, Thun Dina, Nhem Sopheap, Seng Visal, Tep Chanty and Tola Morm, a group of artists who have recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. A cocktail reception with the artists will be held on Friday 4 September.
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Tuesday 18, at 6 pm, Meta House presents an exhibition of vintage Cambodian record cover art, provided by the Cambodian Vintage Music Archive. Exhibition runs until August 25.
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Friday 21
from 7 pm at Meta House, a film night dedicated to the preservation of Cambodia’s architectural heritage, in cooperation with Sa Sa Bassac gallery and the Vann Molyvann Summer School.
More info

From Friday 21,the front balcony space of a Khmer apartment is hosting a mobile made out of litter made by Trash Talkers for the Second Terrain Biennial. The mobile will be found hanging at #29 Street 173, 1.5 blocks directly west of the Russian Market.
More info
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Friday 21 at 6.30 pm at Bophana Center, a special lecture in Khmer by Professor Thuy Chanthourn, about the use and development of iron and stone technologies in ancient Cambodia.
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Saturday 22, Phnom Penh Community College presents a double art workshop: Still Life Oil Painting in the morning and Abstract Oil Painting in the afternoon. Bookings essential.
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Saturday 22 and Sunday 23, Street art in my school at Passerelles numériques Cambodia (PNC) featuring developing Khmer artists Koy and Davido, and accomplished British artist, Victor Blanco.
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Sunday 23 at 8.30 am, Khmer Architecture Tours presents a public architecture tour featuring the White Building, the 100 Houses and Doctor’s villa. Reservations required, email contact@katours.org.

Sunday 23, Java Café is opening its new venue in Tuol Kork, with a special celebration, from 5 pm at #20A, Street 337, Phnom Penh.
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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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Sammaki Gallery in Battambang presents Life is Suffering, featuring sketches by Lous Piseth.
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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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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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